I’m not done complaining about hardcover book prices yet. Here are just a few books I can’t read right now, even though I’d like to, because I’m not fond of either inflated prices or bulky print formats:
It’s not that I never buy a hardcover book. But, as Jamelah said in her response to the post above, high cost is only one of many reasons we don’t like hardcovers. They don’t fit in pockets. They take up too much space. They’re hard to hold open with one hand while, say, eating a taco supreme.
I’m not the only one who’s not buying these books. I don’t know anybody who’s not a book critic who has read What is the What, for instance. Waiting for the paperback is so deeply ingrained into our book-buying habits that we don’t even pause to think about how offensive the practice is. It’s as if new novels have to sit in cold storage for a year before we can get to them.
Publishers, hear our plea. More paperback originals, please. You know we’re right.