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Are hardcover books worth self-publishing? Find out here from the experts at Publish Pros.

Are Hardback Books Worth Self-Publishing?

Something about the weight of hardcover books in your hands is captivating. The texture, the smell, the joy of turning each sturdy page.

Books were once regarded as highly sacred objects only available to a select handful of royalty or the church. Monks painstakingly wrote and decorated each book with elaborate script and illustrations. People still highly value these books for their content and form.

It’s no wonder they used hardcovers to protect them.

Today, however, thanks to modern printing technology, books are available in multiple forms – including any combination of ebooks, audiobooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers. So, are hardback books worth self-publishing? Keep these considerations in mind as you decide whether printing hardback books is right for you.

Cost of printing hardcover books

Let’s be honest – hardback books are more expensive to print, store, and ship. Hardcover books are pricier to produce and have higher selling prices compared to paperbacks. In fact, they can cost up to five times more per copy.

But, the extra cost may be necessary. If it’s better for your book or if your readers want it, consider publishing it as a hardcover.

Functionality of hardback books vs paperback books

Hardback books are often heavier and more durable. Paperbacks are smaller, lightweight, and portable, making it easy for readers to take them on the go.

To consider which cover format makes sense, evaluate what your audience may prefer or how they’ll likely use your book. Are you writing a serious reference book? Is it designed to be weighty? Or is it a light, fun book that someone could read at the beach, standing in the grocery store line, or on the bus?

Reader appeal of hardback books

As you consider functionality, remember the overall appeal of your book’s cover and your audience’s expectations. People who prefer hardcover books might find paperbacks to be cheap and unattractive. On the other hand, those who prefer paperbacks might view hardcover books as expensive and luxurious.

However, most people readily admit hardcovers hold a particular sort of appeal that paperbacks just can’t beat. If your audience likes hardcover books and you can price it right, printing in hardcover is a good choice.

eBooks vs hardback books

In many ways, publishing an ebook is the same, especially in terms of cost and reach. Even the most traditional authors often now include an ebook option in their distribution and marketing strategy.

The experience, feel, and visual aspect of reading an eBook greatly differs from that of reading a hardcover book. Still, it provides an easy, convenient way for authors to publish their work. And the best part is that if you self-publish and still want a physical book, you can easily do both.

Is hardcover books or paperback the right option for you?

Whether you’re a hard-core hardback enthusiast or prefer paperbacks instead, the right choice is up to you. And whatever you decide, Publish Pros can help. Unlike the cookie-cutter solutions offered by most print-on-demand self-publishing companies, Publish Pros provides personal attention and custom solutions tailored to your needs. Contact Publish Pros today and see how we can help you produce your next hardcover, paperback, or eBook.