Hardcover vs softcover
One final thing that I forgot to mention is that the 'hardcopy' is actually a soft cover version of the book. Unfortunately there is only a soft cover available at the moment. I discovered far too late that the hard cover requires a completely different format (a format called 'letter size' as opposed to A4). I was informed by my editor that a change to 'letter size format' will require another $500+ design charges.
I would have preferred a hard cover version myself and I was very upset when I heard the news. Why wouldn't they have an A4 option for hardcover? I don't understand why but sadly that is DrivethruRPG's printing standard. It's my fault, I didn't research it well enough.
I decided go with the softcover printing considering that it has taken two months longer to get approved than I thought it would. I have received the softcover 'hardcopy' myself (as opposed to a 'softcopy' which is purely digital, further adding to the confusion) and I am very happy with the quality (it may be a good thing in disguise). I'm very sorry if you had your heart set on a hardcover (I did).
Fortunately the soft cover version of the book has some advantages: it's lighter and a fair amount cheaper to print and post for example. I am passing that cost reduction onto the buyer by offering the book for a lower retail price than originally intended.
If a hardcover becomes available in the future then I will definitely let you all buy it at cost as well.