Hardback or Paperback?

August 3, 2009 12:57pm CST
I really hate reading hardback books because they are so bulky that I can't carry them around with me whereever I go and sometimes so heavy I get tired of lifting them. Some people prefer hardback because they can resist more damage and last longer and I was just wondering which seems to be the favourite. Do you prefer the cheaper, easier to handle and carry paperbacks or the heavy duty damage proof hardbacks?
5 responses
• United States
3 Aug 09
I like hardbacks because they're durable. I hate it when one of my paperbacks gets their cover all bent out of shape. I like keeping my books in good condition. I also prefer hardbacks because they're easier to hold when reading. When I'm close to the beginning or end of a paperback then the cover will bend if I hold the book up. But you're right. Paperbacks are cheaper and lighter. Win some- lose some.
• United States
24 Oct 09
I prefer hardback books when I am lieing in bed because they just stand up straighter and require less arm strength to hold up to read before falling asleep. Paper backs are good for traveling. Convienent size, lighter weight, and often being cheaper than hardback books make paper backs the better traveling companion. So I guess in deciding which is better, you need to take a look at yourself and ask, "When and in what conditions will I be reading this book in?" and then I choose.
• United States
15 Sep 09
I'm with you. I waited two years to read the last Harry Potter because they kept pushing the paperback release back...first it was January, then July, then October, then it vanished for six months then finally July, two years after the hard cover release. But I waited because I can't stand reading hard cover books. And for those exact reasons...they're heavy, they're bulky, they don't fit in my purse And because high school text books were always hard cover and who wanted to read those?!
• United States
25 Aug 09
If I get the choice between a paperback and a hardback version of a book I will always go for the paperback. I carry my books everywhere with me if I can, since I can never seem to put down a book once I've started it. Paperbacks are cheaper, which is convenient for me since I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and they're easier to carry. True, hardbacks are more durable, but a little cover bending doesn't bother me much. In fact, seeing a bunch of pristine hardbacks collecting dust on someone's shelf makes me wonder if they really love books, or just love looking smart by owning lots of them. An old beat-up paperback says more about the person.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I like paperbacks because they are easier to carry around as well as get to the next page. Of course the hard backs look better and don't tear up as easily.