Where can I find contemporary piano sheet music for sale in an original hard copy format (not PDF)? Maybe I'm old fashioned, however, I remember when sheet music was sold in an individually printed format with an artfully selected cover.
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The big publishers / distributors still print selected single sheet pieces, although their catalogues tend towards books and compilations now, which people are more likely to still purchase in hard copy, especially methods and educational materials.
The market for single pieces is moving to print-on-demand web services, with the big distributors either buying print-on-demand companies, or starting their own services.
One of the distributors, Hal Leonard has a section on their site for single sheet pieces. I wans't able to find singe sheet on a quick look from Carl Fischer Music but I know they produce singles for classical pieces.
Your local music store may stock some selected singles, and most large product distributors can provide sheet music to the store, so they can likely order the music for you if you have something specific that you want.
EDIT: To find a list of sheet music on Amazon.com for individual songs, use the search term "single sheet music". They don't seem to have categories of music types for filtering, so you will have to know what pieces you want, or browse through the list. It doesn't look like the distributors have their full catalogue of singles available there either.
You can get them on Amazon, but it's much cheaper to download and print pdfs. If you don't have a printer, go to a local printing shop. You can download them for free on sites like musescore.org and for very low prices (or free, but that is limited to 5 downloads of different pieces a day) at musopen.org