>My question is, as readers, how many of you, who were anxiously waiting for
>> the paperback version of new books to come out, will plop down $10, $12,
>> $14, whatever bucks? Will you buy fewer books? Be more selective? Less
>> likely to try a new author? I figure, ultimately, this will mean less books
>> printed by new authors. Am I wrong?
>In answer to these questions, and the others raised by his email, I
>would like to say that while I will gladly buy hardcover books that
>sound interesting to me, and I will gladly buy paperback books that
>sound interesting, I will not under any circumstances buy trade
For myself, I prefer hardback books, but will buy a book in any size,
paperback or hardback, if it is by an author I enjoy, or by a new author
I want to try, or if the story looks interesting or....basically I will
always buy books. I love them.
>I hate the size. They aren't small enough to fit into
>a purse, and they don't fit my paperback bookshelves.
I quite like these new size paperbacks.
>I refuse to put
>them on the bookshelf among beautiful hardbound books.
As many walls as I can shelve, floor to ceiling, I shelve. My books are
not just all beautiful hardbacks, they are a hotch potch of all sizes,
and because I am always short of space, due to the number of books I
buy, paperbacks are often stacked flat, and more books are stacked
across the tops of the hardbacks. The walls look like an interesting
>For the above reasons, the new trend in publishing <could> make me buy
aka Lizzie Hayes
Doris Ann Norris who was fascinated by all the various places for book
shelves in "One True Thing" which is a great movie. Anna Quindlen, the
author of the book (available in both mass market and trade paper!) was
on C-Span this week promoting "How Reading Changed My Life" and
mentioned reading mysteries and praised Lauri King's Mary Russell
I'd just like to add a little to the discussion on trade paperbacks. It's
to do with one thing only - profit margins. I publish Crime Time ("CT is
the best crime magazine in the world--fact, fiction, controversial
opinions--it's always fun and enlightening to read. It's my favorite
magazine bar none." Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene. Ahem...) as a trade paperback
now. I published the first four books from CT Publishing as A format
(standard) paperbacks at what I thought was a good price, but found that a)
to some degree it stopped bookstores taking them due to the lower per-unit
profit and b) I got no display space.
Really (in the UK anyway) this is not about what the customers want, but
about what bookstores and publishers want. If you're a small publisher like
me you actually do better for your authors by publishing in trade and
hiking prices, because the vagarities of distribution and the lack of pull
with stores mean that you're only going to sell a few thousand anyway. But
the market has already been set by the bigger publishers, and this can be
seen in the enormous drop in the price of printing a trade paperback
compared to a few years ago.