Hardcover or Paperback

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Which one do you prefer?

Library Binding
I rip off my covers
I wish I could spell hardcover
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Postby TheSocialistAvenger » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:26 am UTC

I usually get paperbacks for convenience, but if books started including some sort of electronic version whether through cd or an online service, I would really like to get a sony prs 500.
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Postby Victorkm » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:16 pm UTC

I prefer paperback because I can smuggle them into my work bathroom easier so no one knows I like to read on the toilet.

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Postby mewilliamson » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:34 pm UTC

i will usually buy in paperback, cheaper, easier to handle, etc. but there is something about a hardback book. i believe eventually i will start collecting my favorites in hardback - definitely more durable and beautiful.

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Postby Flying Betty » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:44 am UTC

Paperbacks are so much more portable, so they win. I also make sure that my purse is big enough to fit a paperback, even if it has to be a small one and I have to cram it in. There are too many situations that are so much improved by having a book at hand.

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Postby notyouravgjoel » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:13 am UTC

I have fond hardcover books to be less durable because the text breaks away from the cover, which completely sucks. If this didn't happen, I'd go with hardcover. I prefer to read from a larger book because it doesn't tend to close as much.

Unless, of course, it is a shit novel like some random starwars book. I don't particularly care to show these off, and I often end up giving them away within my circle of friends once I've finished.

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Postby Pebbles » Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:29 am UTC

Alohomora wrote:Paperbacks are so much more portable, so they win. I also make sure that my purse is big enough to fit a paperback, even if it has to be a small one and I have to cram it in. There are too many situations that are so much improved by having a book at hand.

definitely agreed. As a person of public transport I take books with me EVERYWHERE. Its pretty much wallet, keys, book, phone. Which is why paperbacks reign supreme. Also hardbacks are difficult to read in bed.
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Postby platypus01 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:30 am UTC

xooll wrote:Paperback all the way. I generally read lying on my back, holding the book one-handed. For long books, this is quite impossible if it's hardbound.

im so puny, its impossible for me do that with paperbacks. heck, i can barely keep my hand up like that with nothing in my hand.........

i prefer paperbacks. smaller. with hardbacks i worry too much about damage to carry them around, and they look fine on the shelf imo. most of my fiction is paperback, and i think it looks cool.

i generally try to take good care of my books. when i read i NEVER dog-ear pages, and i try hard not to crease the spine. most of the (new) paperbacks i read are in almost new condition afaict. bending covers syndrome is easily remedied by leaving the book on one side or the other when you go to sleep or something.

hardcovers _are_ pretty though.

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby Eoin » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:28 am UTC

As has been mentioned above, hardbacks for aesthetic reasons, and paperbacks for comfort of reading.

I spend about two hours a day reading on the train, and paperbacks are just much better suited for that.

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby Infornographer » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:50 am UTC

Paperback for everything. I don't see the point in hardbacks. For books I really want to "collect," I take good enough care of them that the paperbacks don't get messed up.
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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby MrSomeone » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:18 am UTC

Paperback. Always.
Although I can't say that I read that much that it would make a difference either way. :|

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby dhpe » Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:59 am UTC

I prefer hardcover. Once, though, I fell asleep while lying on my back and holding a hardcover book with two hands above my face. I obviously woke up pretty quickly when the sharp corner hit my face.

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby xyzzy » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:58 pm UTC

Slim books hardback. For big books, hardback if it'll probably stay at home, paperback if I'll be wanting to transport it a lot. I have SICP in paperback, and that's nice like that, but The Silmarillion in hardback, and it's nice like that.

For slim little books, hardback all the way, only exceptions allowed when it's small enough to hold the spine with the fingers and the edge of book with a thumb but large enough you need to bend the cover to do that.
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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby tiny » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:34 am UTC

I definitely prefer paperback.
1. A book should look shitty and used after you read it. My opinion.
2. Hard covers have sharp edges that seem hostile to me.
3. I cuddle with the book I am reading and harcovers just aren't cuddly at all.
4. I am only interested in the content of a book, so why pay for exterieur?
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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:57 pm UTC

I prefer reading/owning harbacks, but I almost always buy paperbacks becasue they're much cheaper and I tend to read on the move alot, and tiheir easier to transport.
If publishers started making hardbacks that were more paperback sized, and more paperback priced it'd be like crack for me.
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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby chan the evoker » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:19 pm UTC

I like reading paperbacks best, due to their low mass.
I rip off and dispose of the dust jackets on hardcovers.
I can't stand the crinkly plastic dust jacket covers on hardcover library books.

In practice, I do most of my reading in html on an old palm pda, despite the crappy contrast ratio and small screen, because it's pocket sized, can hold around 6000 pages of text, doesn't need to be returned to the library, is more durable than a book, and could be replaced for less than the cost of a new hardcover book.

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby Aleril » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:42 am UTC

Paperbacks, because I like the wobblyness of it, hardcovers are too stiff.

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Re: Hardcover or Paperback

Postby Hoshi no Kabii » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:17 am UTC

All of the books I read I borrow from the library, so "collecting" isn't a factor. Personally, I prefer hardcover books. While not as easy to carry around as paperbacks, I find them generally easier to read anywhere you are.

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