Don’t Abandon Hardbacks

Major publishers could be about to discard the hardback just as it becomes more valuable than ever

When Claire Armistead reported the demise of the hardback last week, I wondered why publishers were tossing away one of their greatest assets just when they need it the most.

It’s not every morning I awake with joy at the sound of my doorbell ringing, but yesterday I gave the postman a rapturous grin as he handed over my parcel of books from PS Publishing. The cause of my excitement was two fascinating novellas, Jeff Vandermeer’s The Situation and Zoran Zovkovic’s The Last Book. New publications from PS are always high on my wishlist, not just because of the first-class authors they champion but because their books are fantastic objects in their own right.

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