Are Hardcover Books worth the money?

14 Aug

“When you shell out $ 30 or more for a hardback, what exactly are you paying for? I have always assumed that the high cost of hardbacks is down to the fact that they are much more expensive than paperbacks to produce. But in fact this isn’t the case at all. Some of the explanations he gives are surprising. For example, it turns out that publishers only spend $3.50 to print and distribute a hardback”.

In his forthcoming book “Free Ride” the American author Robert Levine has an excellent chapter on publishing in which he interrogates the forces driving the pricing of books, in both their paper and digital forms. Read the whole article at the Globe&Mail site.

What do you think about this Globe&Mail article?


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