paperbacks vs. hardcovers

Thu Jun 6 14:34:26 PDT 2002

On 6/6/02 3:02 PM, "Sander" <dragaera at juima.org> wrote:

> Lisa Grant Coffin wrote:
>> In my estimation, there are three great reasons to choose hardcovers
>> over paperbacks when you love the author. The third one is my
>> impression, and may be wrong, but I sincerely hope not, because I've
>> been doing this for years.
> <snip>
>> 3. They give the author more money.
> That's indeed true. Depending on volumes (and who the author is), an
> author gets something like $0.50 for paperbacks and $3-$5 for hardcovers.
> I have no idea where that information came from - except that I read it
> within the last few weeks. Probably something either Tad Williams or
> Robin Hobb said. Heh, could even be this list though - growing way
> beyond what I'd expected. I hope I can keep up the reading. :)
> May you always find shade and water,
> Sander
Lawrence Watt-Evans once told me a figure that sounds like your number,
though he expressed it in percentages. That's one reason why I'll buy
hardcovers from favorites: they make more money and (in theory) will have
incentive to write more.