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date: 02 April 2020

paperback publishing 

A Dictionary of Publishing

Adrian Bullock,

Chris Jennings,

Nicola Timbrell

A business model mainly found in *consumer or trade publishing at a time when publishers were either hardback or mass-market paperback houses, but rarely both. In this model, a hardback publisher would acquire the hardback and paperback rights to an author’s work with the intention of selling the paperback rights on to a paperback publisher. The paperback publisher would publish the paperback edition, usually a year or so later, in large quantities, at a low price, paying a royalty to the hardback publisher on each copy sold. This model has all but disappeared as publishers have found it advantageous to integrate themselves vertically and include paperback publishing as part of their activities, often through ... ...

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