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A split run is where the print run (the number of copies printed) is divided between paperback and hardcover. This is useful if you are not sure which book binding to choose or which version of your book will be most popular. For example, you might choose to print a few hardcover copies to send to reviewers and the remainder in paperback. You can also choose to leave some of your copies unbound until you see which book binding is popular with buyers. One advantage of modern print-on-demand processes is that the purchaser can choose the binding he or she prefers. However, you may have to pay for two versions of your book.