Often an expensive hardcover will be followed by a less expensive paperback, but it depends on the publisher.YnEoS wrote:I really want to get Stephen Teo's The Asian Cinema Experience: Styles, Spaces, Theory but the cheapest its going for now is $126. It was just released in October last year, so I was wondering if anyone knows if expensive hardcover film books usually get paperback or e-book releases after a year or two these days.
Additionally if anyone has read this book I'd love to hear any opinions on it.
This is Routledge, a publisher that will occasionally put out reasonably priced paperbacks along with the expensive hardcover if they think a book might sell to a general audience. For many of their books, however, they follow the academic press model of pricing them at $100-200 per volume, but university libraries have to purchase them—potential textbook orders and the niche-audience book-buying public be damned. Sometimes another publisher is able to arrange with Routledge to do their own trade paperback edition of one of their expensive hardcovers, but I only know of a couple of cases of that off the top of my head. I worked on one of these: a $20 updated paperback edition of a typo-riddled Routledge hardcover that was $156. Then, six years after the hardcover come out, Routledge put out their own paperback for $50.
There is already an e-book available of the Teo book you're interested in, but it's the same price as the hardcover ($145). This whole model of academic publishing is absurd, but at the same time it's understandable, considering the way academic publishing over-publishes on the whole, putting out an avalanche of books every year for which there are few readers. The authors get few if any royalties, and most potentially interested readers will have no opportunity to read the book the author has labored over, but academics need to get published, so they have little choice but to go along with this.