Hardback novels going at between $25 and $35 per. Expensive, to say the least. So here's the stupid question; is it possible to craft a hardback book for less than $20--and make a profit?
If 'No' what makes'em so expensive? If 'Yes' then why in hell aren't publishers cranking'em out? Surely they see the potential of selling more books if they were cheaper?
Is it really true that outrageous up-front money to major authors contribute to outrageous book prices? Or is it more like the industry is recalcitrant in finding newer, faster, cheaper methods in print production?