Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Chat: Hard UP

As you may have seen in the Cover LOVE? post, Rachel Caine's November Morganville release will be in Hardback.  This change not only effects appearances, it will effect the cost. 

 Ghost Town can be preordered at Amazon for $12.23, a BIG change from Kiss of Death (April 2010) of $6.99. 

So my question for you is...When a series suddenly jumps to hardback, do you still buy it when it comes out?  Will you wait for the paperback or the library copy?

Do you predict there will be a drop in sales?

If any authors or publishers want to chime in on this topic, please do. 

12 comments:

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'm a hardcover fanatic :)

a girl you once knew said...

If it's in hardcover, I'm pretty sure it means they have more confidence in the book to sell. I don't think sales will go down, per se, but I think there's a possibility that the bulk of sales might happen when it goes to paperback in about a year (or less, I've seen it differ).

I personally do not like to buy hardcovers. They are harder to hold and read, since the covers don't bend and the pages do, and any dust jackets I have are bound to be ruined in the near future (no matter how much I try to save them). Plus, I like reading more books, not spending more money on a few hardcovers.

Though, if I know a series, like a series, and already have all the books so far in hard cover, I'll usually get the rest in hardcover. This goes with paperback too.

And other times, I am just impatient :D

Lisa R said...
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Lisa R said...

Lisa R said...
They don't lose me as a reader when they go to hardback but they do as a buyer as I'll get the hardback used or wait on the paperback. I hold on to few books so the fact that they are more durable and have a pretty dustcover(which I take off to read as they are annoying as hell)means nada to me.
They only lose me if the writing quality drops or the series jumps the shark. They also lose me as a buyer if they go to the trade sized paperback rather than the MMP. I'm not spending almost twice as much for an oversized book that won't fit in my purse. Sorry for $14.99 I can get two MMP.
I've noticed that many of the "newer" authors use this trade size. Again, these go on the bottom of my wishlist and I never buy them new. People(publishers!)there is a recession going on. Books are a luxury in a lot of homes(although in mine we'd probably cut back on food before books)and you are putting books out of reach of many. If my book budget is $50 a month, that's 2 1/2 hardbacks, 4 trade size, 7 MMP or 9 1/2 on Amazon's buy 4 for 3 deal (for those books that have been out awhile) and if I haven't read it it's new whether released yesterday or last year. I don't know how you count it but 9 is preferable to 2 any day.

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Raspberry said...

There are series I buy hardback from, but those are favorites. All others I like paperbacks.

Jessilyn said...

I don't buy hardback inless i really love the series!!

I just posted your guest spot on my blog thanks again;)

Tori [Book Faery] said...

Sometimes I really hate it when they suddenly switch to hardcover after I've already bought six or seven MMPs in a series. The times that I will buy the hardcover are when I'm in love--and I mean LOVE--with the series and I need more pronto. Otherwise? I can wait. If it's an author that I like, I'll wait. And if I've never read any of the writer's books? Hell no I won't buy a hardcover.

Like one of the other commenters said, we're in a recession, and my obsession with books is bad enough. As a college student I'm already poor, and I don't need to blow my money on 2 hardcovers when I can buy 7 or 8 MMPs.

fictionfanatic said...

I'm a sucker for hardcovers, I just love them! Although since they're so expensive I usually wait for paperback unless I've been waiting for the book to be released...or unless it's a favorite author..or if it's a beautiful cover...

Mama Bookworm said...

I'll buy hardback if it's a series I love. Paying extra doesn't bother me. If it's a series I just like I'll wait for it to come out in paperback. Going from paperback to hardback does kinda screw things up if you're a collector who likes to have the entire series all the same whether it be paperback or hardback.

Elie said...

Everyone has made some great points. I am not a fan of hardbacks, especially the price. If I am collecting a set, I don't mind buying the hardback, but not in the middle of the series. An exception for me, Rachel Vincent, her set is mixed. So is Charlaine Harris. I am a big fan of the Morganville series, so I read the library copy in Hardback and then buy a paperback edition once it is released.

Misty said...

If I have been buying the series all along, I typically will wait for paperback because I like my book types to match w/i a series: same binding, same size, same cover style, etc. What gets me into trouble is when I like 2 of the styles for the same book...

 
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