Man of Steel wrote:
I never really understood why it's a year before it's out in softcover.
One of the ideas with ST hardcovers was to "reward" the authors with a year of higher royalties. If the MMPB came out simultaneously, far fewer hardcovers would be sold, and bookshops would be pressured to stock both editions. You'd end up with people complaining they wanted the hardcover, but only paperbacks were available, and vice versa.
Steve Roby wrote:
Pretty much any novel that sells well in hardcover will come out in paperback eventually, and it usually takes a year or so. I don't remember thinking in 1988 that Spock's World would be any different.
Well, just recollecting how it happened here. We'd seen something in print about the exclusiveness of that story being in hardcover at the time, and it caused a bit of a frenzy making sure everyone in our club who wanted one was going to be able to secure one.