Twenty-eight of the top 50 books listed in USA Today today are ebooks. Fifteen are hardback. Only seven are paperback. Hate to see paperbacks go the way of the Dodo.
A little box over to the side explains the formats in which the books were purchased. Leading up to Christmas, the most popular format was hardcovers (31 of the top 50).Bards and Sages (Julie) said:
OK, I'm having a blind moment. I don't see the box.T. B. Crattie said:A little box over to the side explains the formats in which the books were purchased. Leading up to Christmas, the most popular format was hardcovers (31 of the top 50).
Yes, and I wonder if nice, well-made paperbacks and hardbacks are going to be collector's items. In which case, I would be in good shape because I have a fairly decent library. (I used to know a guy who bought two Beatles albums every time a new one came out--from the start. He would listen to one and wrap the other in a plastic cover and squirrel it away. I often wonder how much that collection is worth now.)BenEBrewer said:There's nothing better than walking into an old secondhand book store - the smell, the excitement, the nostalgia and the peace of mind - but they are becoming fewer and fewer which is a d*mn shame.
However with the world turning to online facilities - can we blame people for wanting information and products on demand, straight away? It's just the way things have gone.
E-Books offer more profit and less impact on the environment, so it's all going to be digital, sooner or later - just my thoughts
Our anthologies still do quite well at conventions where readers can get the authors to sign copies.Cynthia Shepp said:I also publish anthologies and since my first one came out I have sold around 200 ebooks, but only 5 paperbacks. The money, and the interest, is just not there anymore. Why pay $10+ for a book when you can pay half that for a more convenient digital copy?
You can do POD hardcover through Lightning Source. They offer two kinds: laminate (think textbook), and stamped cloth with dust jacket. "Stamped cloth" means a cloth cover with gold lettering stamped on the spine.Dan C. Rinnert said:Maybe they should do hard cover books on demand.