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January 9, 2010 / C.T. Henry

The End of Hardcovers?

On a recent trip to the States, I noticed that newly released hardcovers are now almost $30.  Besides those who want to buy the latest book by their favorite author, who is willing to spend $30 on a book?  Mass Market Paperbacks are fast becoming obsolete, with a new, larger size paperback taking their place.  Now paperbacks are sold in stores, like Barnes&Nobles and Borders, at a hefty price tag of $15.99.  Wow!

With the Amazon Kindle and other e-book readers, books are becoming more and more expensive.  I just can’t see someone strolling into Borders and buying the hardcover of a new or unknown author for $30.  Can you?

What do you think?  Will hardcovers become a thing of the past?

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  1. Jeff / Jan 11 2010 5:45 pm

    Unfortunately, I agree with you. I say “unfortunately” because I love to hold a book. I just can’t get on board with the kindle craze. I resort to the library so I do not have to pay the exorbitant price for books.

  2. Kara / Jan 24 2010 9:27 pm

    Check out this latest article about The Kindle and the electronic book market. Some authors, including one of your favorites, Charlie Huston, are giving away some e-books for free.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/23/books/23kindle.html?em

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