hardcover of Drowned Wednesday

Roslyn rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Fri Feb 18 06:31:58 EST 2005

>> Langford commented circa 1988 on an SF book being "released in a new
>> hardback edition for people who found the original paperback too cheap"
>> as rather an unusual thing. My understanding is that most American F&SF
>> at least now starts in paperback and gets a hardcover printing only if
>> sales of the paperback are high enough
> Pretty much. Basically what happens is that if sales of the author are
> high enough and/or it gets to be a library book choice, they ramp up the
> publication to hardback, because they know they can get people to pay
> for it. *growl*

That's not my experience. I've felt for a long time that American SF/F books 
seem to come out HP first. I'm always waiting for the PB to come out so I 
can afford it, which is often a year or more later by the time I can get it 
in PB in Australia.


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