For a mathematics book with a fairly limited amount of text but an extensive amount of equations, would it be "better" to publish in paperback or hardcover? (assume the cost difference is not that great)
For a reference book that sits on the shelf and is taken down from time to time to "look something up", maybe most would agree that hardcover to be preferable. But what about a book that requires readers to painstakingly plod line by line to follow proofs? Would such readers still prefer hardcover, or would they prefer paperback?