Sure, most writers aspire to be published and definitely, published in a large, hardcover format. Sometimes, we have paperback writers which become so popular and famous, their books get republished in hardcover, mainly for fans to buy and keep forever, or to match the new upmarket buying habits. That's what usually happens -- the popular writer's first six or twelve books are in pb only and then, suddenly, the next book in the series comes out first in hardcover. And, of course, you have to read it right away, not wait at least one year (or more!) to buy the mass market paperback which matches the others in your set. Then, the publisher circles round and back, and the first title in the series is printed as a hardcover. One customer mistakenly reserved a recently published hardcover, believing it was a new title. She was not happy when she figured out she had read the book a long time ago. "I hate that," she had said. "You get all excited about reading a new book and they're just trying to make more money off of you. It gets reprinted in hardcover and then, in e-book and then, in that style they call 'trade paperback' and then, that new 'premium paperback' which is taller and has a new cover. Just write the next book." Aww, let the paperback writer get all excited about leaving that label behind. He's a serious writer now, published in hardcover, not some schlock wordcounter who gets to see those words in a paperback which gets left behind on jet plane seats and vacation homes or passed around among buddies at lunch or family with similar tastes at Thanksgiving get-togethers.
we all know the additional "rights" are where the money is, although we were not sure what those additional rights were for porn books (overseas sales? movie? subsequent hardcover?)
Still, as an aspiring published writer -- paperback or otherwise -- I was impressed.