Book clinic: Why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

Editor Philip Jones, on ‘The Guardian’ Online:

The editor of  the Bookseller explains why the hardback format will be with us for a while yet.

Read the article HERE


15 thoughts on “Book clinic: Why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

  1. Thanks for drawing my attention to this heartening piece of news, Chris. Many years ago the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) used to offer either paperback or hardback formats for their braille books. I always plumped for the hardback books as the cloth boards provided greater protection for the braille, they looked nicer on bookshelves and (perhaps most importantly) they didn’t fall apart easily. Now RNIB issue all their titles in cardboard covers, bound in ring binders and (unsurprisingly) the binders frequently become detached from the books. In contrast my hardback braille books have stood the test of time. RNIB is a charity so I do understand why (from a cost perspective) they no longer offer hardback formats. I do, however regret the demise of the hardback braille book and would be prepared to pay more for a book which lasted longer. Sadly we live in a throw-away society so long may the hardback book (in print if not in braille) stand rock-like against this trend. Kevin

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