Format

Booking Through Thursday

All other things (like price and storage space) being equal, given a choice in a perfect world, would you rather have paperbacks in your library? Or hardcovers? And why?

Hardcovers.  They last longer, and they look better on a shelf or just lying around.  I also like little extra things they sometimes do with hardcovers, like when they don’t trim the excess paper after the pages have been bound, so the edge has a rough, bumpy feel.  It makes the book seem old and more sophisticated somehow. 

I also don’t really mind reading them or carrying them around, but that’s not to say that I won’t buy a paperback if it’s a book I want to read.

2 thoughts on “Format

  1. Ann Darnton February 21, 2008 / 12:11 pm

    A number of publishers have started to give that older, ‘distressed’ look to books and I agree, they do have an extra something to them that I like.

  2. rebecca May 22, 2008 / 7:23 am

    i buy primarily hardcovers, especially if i intend to keep the book. but if i’m buying a book that i know i will not keep once i’m done reading, then it’s paperback.

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