I'm planning on printing my book soon and wondered today if I should print it as hardcover or paperback first. I looked for answers online for a while but didn't find anything particularly insightful, so I did my own research and found some interesting stuff. I picked five similar books that have been on Amazon for while and tried to figure out what sells best. I had read that paperback is the most popular format, but if my analysis is even close to accurate, that's way off.
Here are the number of Amazon reviews by format type for each book I looked at:
Reviews by format
It is interesting that both The Hard Thing About Hard Things and Good to Great don't even offer a paperback version. Could be a million reasons for that, but one might be to try to drive more Kindle sales (higher margins and no logistics involved, overall much better for the seller).
Anyway. there's the data. My book happens to be a trade book about innovation, but you could do this for any genre. Way better than all the generic, "ebooks are taking over!" and "Actually, ebooks aren't taking over!" articles.