Why Does Hardcover Edition Appear Above Paperback on Some Online Bookstores?


Do you have any suggestions on how we can get the paperback edition of my book to appear first on the Barnes and Noble website? When shoppers look it up, the hardcover comes up first and I think the price is going to scare readers off, especially if they don’t know how to navigate to other formats of the book.

Publishers nor authors have any control over which listing trumps another (hardcover vs. paperback vs. ebook) on the bookstore websites. Bookstores like to display hardcovers first because they make more money on each of those sales. Of course…when nobody wants to pay that much for a hardcover, they make nothing.

Nobody ever said bookstores made good decisions…because they usually don’t. 😉

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