I was quite surprised at one of the stories I heard within the interview PG Holyfield did with Philippa Ballantine on Dead Robots' Society #80. Pip was relating an anecdote about when she went shopping for Infected. She discovered that America is the only place left on the planet that still does hardcover editions. The cost is far too prohibitive in the rest of the world.
The only reason I buy hardcover editions of your novels is that you've made it quite clear that it's the best way for the junkies to support you. I'm fairly certain that I've never purchased any other novel in hardcover during my adult life. I'm all about the mass market paperback. Hardcovers are ludicrously expensive and a waste of natural resources to boot. Paperbacks are cheaper, easier to read, lighter, and have a much softer environmental impact. I can't think of a single way in which a hardcover is better than a paperback. At least to me.
Do you think that Americans will eventually drop the hardcover format? Or do you think that we will cling to it as we have the English units system of measurements? The rest of the world has moved away from hardcovers, just as they moved on to the metric system. I hate it when the US chooses stubborness over logic.
You can hear the full DRS episode here (01:22:17). I've also cut the excerpt I refer to and posted it here (0:02:08) if your time is limited. If you have the time, give the whole interview a listen. Pip and PG are hilarious together.
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