Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 375–392 | Cite as

Determinants of demand and price for best-selling novels in paperback in Japan

  • Sumiko AsaiEmail author
Original Article


This study empirically investigates the factors affecting demand for best-selling novels in paperback, including the relationship with other formats (hardcover and e-book), and the determinants of prices by estimating the demand for paperbacks and price equations. The results show that paperbacks that have hardcover versions with large sales and that are original novels made into movies or television dramas tend to be best sellers. It is also found that expected demand is not a significant determinant of paperback price, whereas the number of pages is a major factor influencing price.


Paperback Hardcover Demand Price 



This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15k03470. I thank the editors and two anonymous referees for their variable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Political Science and EconomicsMeiji UniversityChiyoda-kuJapan

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