In a move to make my book addiction more affordable, I have taken to buying used paperbacks on Amazon. The shipping cost is a uniform US$3.99, but I have picked up paperbacks for US$0.01 -- in Good condition. IMHO, it is an affordable way to check out a new author or to continue a series without paying what has become a minimum of US$7.99 new. And avoiding the hassle of driving to a bookstore to discover that the book isn't in stock and, if I decide to order it, waiting for two weeks and having to drive back to the books store. For a book that might decide I don't want to finish. But, this is not an advertisement for Amazon.
Since I don't archive every book I have ever owned, like some folks here, I usually donate the finished book to the local library. So, buying used paperbacks is relatively quick and cheap way to acquire a book I might otherwise pass on. Plus, based upon the moneyless and wandering days of my youth, there is nothing quite like a beat up and portable paperback for reading a beguiling volume.
However, while investigating several book series online, I noted that a couple of series are available only in hardback or on Kindle -- no paperbacks have been issued. It used to be that one or two books of a new series might be issued in paperback, and, if successful, subsequent volumes might be issued in hardback. Then, after some period, those hardbacks would be reissued as paperbacks. And, if the initial volumes were reprinted, the paperback volumes might be reissued in hardback.
So, is my observation an anomaly? Or is there a developing trend to make books available either as hardbacks or in an electronic format -- and not publishing a paperback?
Any comments, anecdotal experiences, or speculation are welcome.
RE: the thread title, not around here, no.
You succinctly outline the not unusual publishing arc, before the days of self-publishing, and electronic offenses. I'm am no longer close to the business, but I haven't noticed a change in the customary arc, save to include e books in it.