Hardbound or Paperback?

@anyabee (363)
Philippines
December 29, 2009 8:49am CST
i'm a fan of paperbacks for 2 reasons: 1. the hardbound copies are more expensive and 2. they are heavier and harder to carry / read. for this, i have always preferred paperbacks to hardbound books. which ones do you guys prefer? :)
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I like the hard backs if I think I'm going to re-read them a lot, I can be pretty hard on books...
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
oh. well, then you really need hardbacks. i tend to be more careful when i like the books. but i do reread them. :D
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I used to re-read some books 10 or more times - honestly, if I weren't here, I'd probably still be doing it!
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
1 Jan 10
wow. 10 times? i don't think i've reread a book that much. maybe 3 or 4, yes. but not 10! :)
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• United States
29 Dec 09
Hi Anyabee, for all the reasons that have been mentioned,(cost, more mobile) paperbacks are good but I love hardbound books when I'm reading. I love to read, regardless of either but preference wise hardbound just feels better. I think that is because I get most of my books from the library and 90% of the books I take out are hardbound. I am so accustomed to reading the hardbound books now but as for travelling, definitely paperback is much easier. But if the book is good, it really doesn't make a difference since I love to read.
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
you have a point too. but i guess i'm just too lazy to read a hardbound one. most of them are just way too heavy for me. :D
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
you have a point too. sometimes, when reading hardbound it just feels better. but i guess i'm just way too lazy and hardbounds are too heavy. :D
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
ooopppsss... sorry about that. my connection acts up sometimes.
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• United States
29 Dec 09
I prefer hardcover books. They are more expensive, but they're much more durable. They'll last much longer. When I'm reading a paperback book then the front and back covers will curl and the spine will get all bent out of shape, and I hate that! I'm very careful with my books, and I like to keep them in good shape. I don't think they're harder to carry or read, and I like carrying around heavy books for some reason.
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
oh. lucky you. :) i take care of my books too. i cover them with plastic cover before i start reading them. but, i agree. hardcovered ones are more durable but i just can't be comfortable reading them no matter what i do. :D
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Well as long as you're reading... it really doesn't matter. :D
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
29 Dec 09
while i dont buy books (i visit the library instead) i find that either type is good. i typically dont read fiction and am a big fan of crafting, decorating and history books and 9 times out of ten, they are hard cover. but when i do read fiction, i like paperback.
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
that's nice. what type of crafting do you do? :D
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
29 Dec 09
I am also like you and rather read paperback books than hardcovers. The hardcovers are more costly and less mobile when I am out and about. I find that I will take a paperback with me to places I wouldn't take a hardcover. Like the beach or something. A paperback will fit in my purse and I am less worried about it getting dirty because I usually pass along my paperbacks. The hardcovers I tend to keep a bit longer, usually because they are special to me.
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@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
:) i also cherish my paperbacks, especially if they're from a series i love. but, i do get what you mean about hardcovers being less mobile than paperbacks. they are just heavy and not comfortable to read.
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@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
You're right about hardbound books, but I still prefer them, if I can afford them. If a certain book has both hardbound and paperback version available, and there's only a slight difference in their price, then I'll buy the hardbound version. Hardbound books lasts longer and are more durable. I used to buy paperbacks since those are the only ones I can afford before, but then its pages loosen after being read for long. Some of my books have been returned to me with missing pages. I know it still depends on how you handle the book, but still hardbound books are more likely to last longer than their paperback counterparts.
@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
1 Jan 10
yes, hardbound books are more durable but you's rarely find a hardbound and paperback with just a slight difference in price. usually it's more than a few hundred pesos. and that's too steep for me. :D plus, i never got comfortable reading them. i'm a bit selfish with the books i value the most and my taste in books these days are a bit weird so i'm safe in that department. :D
@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
5 Jan 10
Yeah, its rare to find but there are some good pieces which have a slight difference in price. For instance, Robert Kiyosaki's "Why we want you to be rich?" costs php400+ (hardbound),and php315 (softbound/international edition). I bought the hardbound copy since the fonts are much bigger and clearer, and I find it hard to read the softbound. I had that experience before with "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", I had a hard time reading its inner pages and I was afraid the pages will be torn off. There was no hardbound copy of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" available at that time.
@cwilson26 (2737)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I prefer paperbacks for the same reason. However, if I can only find a book I want in hardcover, I will buy it and read it. When I went to find the book Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, it was only out in hardcover at first and I wanted it so bad I bought it. It wasn't cheap but I bought it anyway. :)
@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
oh. i loved the twilight series too but i read the entire thing in ebooks. :D i just can't stomach to buy a hardcover. i love books but if i can buy three paperback for the price of one hardcover, i'd go for the three paperbacks. :)
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@cwilson26 (2737)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I don't really like reading e-books. I would rather read a regular book. I love Twilight too and am hooked on it. I have every book and I got the Twilight movie on DVD for Christmas from my mom. I watched it twice already, lol. Now I can't wait until New Moon comes out on DVD. :)
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
14 Jan 10
Hi there Anyabee. Well i noticed that what you are saying it's true. I should add that for Harry Potter books the hard copy is TWICE the price the paperback in my country. No worries, i didn't buy any from here, as 1 Hardbound was priced as much as i paid for the whole 7 paperback books of the UK amazon...
@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
yes, i know. it's way too expensive. the only disadvantage with paperbacks is that they are released much later than the hardbound copies. i am now anitcipating the release of a book. it's to be released April 2010 but if i wait for the paperback i won't be able to read it til end of 2010. :(
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Hardback books look nicer in my bookshelf, but it's the paperbacks that I read and recycle.
@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
1 Jan 10
yes, they look nicer for your collection and all that but i don't really spend so much money for something that i can't use properly. :)
• United States
31 Dec 09
it kind of depends. if it's a very important book to me,one i plan on keeping,i want hardcover. if it's just to read,or casual referencing,softcover is fine. one in a while i do splurge for the fancier edition.