A philosopher writes me:
I’m considering a book contract … Part of the deal is that the book would only come out in hardcover initially, with the paperback version to appear on an on-demand basis a year later. I’m nervous about this, because it would seem to make class adoption of the book far less likely. But I’m starting to get the sense that this approach is more and more common.
Do tell, philosophers: Is it increasingly the case that paperback editions are less likely to be offered by publishers than in the past? (I hope it is not so, because if we are working to make it more likely that feminist texts are adopted for classroom use, then alas, it would seem such a trend is counter to our aims.) Comments welcome, especially if you have a sense of the state of academic publishing.