This is very unfortunate. Perhaps it will help in the self publishing arena.
I expect what is happening is the large-printing model is going by the wayside in favor of more efficient print-on-demand arrangements like FutureCycle Press uses. Our contract specifies a book will be published in print-on-demand (so the paperback is always for sale and won't go out of print or be remaindered) and also as a Kindle edition. It is far less costly to publish a book this way than to do a minimum print run of 500 paper copies and have to warehouse those that do not sell. Sure, make sure any contract does include print-on-demand, but publishers abandoning large print runs is a good thing for authors, not a bad one. It means they can afford to sign more books.
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