I have a confession to make. I’ve never really liked hardbacks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like looking at them. I like touching them. I like holding them. I think they are beautiful objects. I just don’t like reading from them, they are cumbersome, heavy, uncomfortable to read when lying down, and difficult to lug from place to place. And they are expensive. The cloth cover, acid-free paper, and pristine dust-jacket all cost money. When the publisher factors in storage, delivery, and returns, as well as all those free copies for reviewers and promotions, there are a lot of costs they have to pass on to the reader.