A couple of months ago, Amazon rolled out a hardcover option. Ooh! I said. I know just the books I’d like to do in hardcover!
Now, this option is still in beta testing, and I will say, it was just IMPOSSIBLE to get any size but 6×9 to work. I mean, other size options were supposedly enabled, but getting them to work proved too difficult to deal with. No doubt that will be smoothed out eventually. In the meantime, I revised Nikoles into a 6×9 format. I did that by fiddling around with the font and adding the entire first chapter of Tarashana as a teaser in order to make sure the story, a mere, what is it? 75,000 words or so? would not produce too thin a book. The other two just moved right into the hardcover format with no trouble, since they were already at 6×9.
The cover artist kindly redid the pdf covers to accommodate the new format, and poof! Here they are. I will certainly get hardcover versions for myself.
I don’t know whether I will do hardcover editions of anything else, except I will most likely do a hardcover omnibus for the Death’s Lady trilogy. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? All put together, that will be a long sucker.
So I do have questions for readers.
a) If you’ve already decided to buy a paper edition, and both are available, would you personally prefer paper or hardcover? The hardcovers will cost more. There’s no way around that. Amazon sets the minimum prices. I just set the prices of paperbacks and now these new hardcovers so that each version gives me about the same royalty as an ebook. A little less, actually, but pretty close.
b) Do you think it seems reasonable to bring out individual books as paperback only, but an omnibus as both paperback and hardcover because the omnibus is so big? To me, it seems better to have hardcover for a book that’s 800 pages long or whatever, because I don’t think paperback covers hold up well for books that size. For books with fewer pages, it doesn’t seem like it would be necessarily worth the extra cost. But maybe that’s just me. What do you think?