Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.


by Ty Franck

Publishing is changing.  It used to be that the normal publication cycle was a hardcover release, followed by a mass market paperback.  Our publisher is Orbit, for the Expanse series and Daniel’s Dagger and Coin.  In the US, they do a simultaneous release of trade paperbacks and ebooks, with no hardcover release.   Ebooks are killing the mass market paperback, as they take the role of the disposable book.  Trade paperbacks don’t suffer from the frankly stupid stripping returns rules that mass markets do, so they make more sense for physical copies.  And hardcovers are expensive and are less likely to be impulse buys.

All that being said, though, there are people who just like hardcovers.   If you are one of those people, and would really like a hardcover of Leviathan Wakes, the only place to get it (right now) is the venerable Science Fiction Book Club.  I have two hardcover copies of Leviathan Wakes that I bought through the book club, and they look great.  The club is also going to be releasing hardcover editions of Caliban’s War, so if you want a matching set, they’re the place to go.

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  1. Hey just wanted to pop in randomly and congratulate you for Leviathan Wakes’s Hugo nomination. It would have my vote. Can’t wait for Caliban’s War.

  2. What are the “stripping return rules” that you mentioned in this post?

    • For reasons dating all the way back to pulps, publishers have had an agreement with distributors that mass market paperbacks never need to be returned. When the distributor wants a refund, they just rip off the cover and mail it to the publisher for full credit. Which means the publisher loses both the sale AND the cost of the book.

  3. Whehn abandddobn gate/,/.??