Originally Posted by Slite
Ummm... isn't the standard paperback price like $9.99?
That includes printing, distribution etc etc and turns a profit? Or am I missing something here?
That's the whole point actually: paperbacks come after hardbacks have ensured a healthy profit, at least for successful books. As I understand it, the publishers' argument is that going directly to paperback prices is threatening the whole business model, which is based on a price curve that starts high and falls over time.