Paperback vs Hardcover: Which is Better?

I frequently work with authors who can’t decide whether to self-publish a paperback or hardcover book. My recommendation is to do both. There are pros and cons to each style of book. By having both paperback and hardcover versions, you can appeal to different types of buyers. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of each style.


  • Cheaper
  • Appealing to the majority of buyers
  • Easier to travel with
  • Less durable


  • Make great gifts, especially if it is autographed
  • Look good on display at signings and/or speaking events
  • More expensive
  • Tend to be more durable

I’d love to hear your opinions: do you prefer paperback or hardcover books?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in   sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services   for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department   is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants;   together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the   book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your   career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist   seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you   on the right path.

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