And so, I am asking perhaps one of the most difficult questions I could ask a bookworm:
Paperback Vs. Hardback. Which do you prefer?
Because I like lists, I’m going to list the pros of both paperback and hardbacks. Here in Australia we mainly get paperbacks which I do so love, but occasionally, we’ll get a hardback (usually shipped from a US supplier.) So for me? I’m probably more of a paperback fan, just because it’s what I’m used to.
- Cheaper! Paperbacks are, of course, going to be much cheaper. Whether it’s a matter of your financial status, or the fact you can buy more books with the money you spend — I suspect this is a strong motivator.
- They’re smaller. You can fit more on one shelf!
- A lot of hardbacks have dustjackts. And while I love these jackets, you wouldn’t believe how many of them I’ve lost! (Seriously — where do they all go??)
- They’re lighter! Okay, so hear me out, peoples. When I go to the library I usually borrow a stack of books bigger than myself. And hardbacks are heavy. My poor arms can only take so much. (And also easier to carry around if you’re taking them on the go.)
- Durability. So this one is an obvious one. Spines are less likely to crack, covers aren’t going to bend, and are just going to last longer generally.
- They are pretty. I swear they do! And they look gorgeous in the shelf.
- Sometimes, they’re the only one available. Especially with large publishing companies, they often publish the first edition of the book in hardcover, and the paperback a year later. So, if you want the paperback? You’ve got to wait another year!
So now, I’m leaving it up to you. Which do you prefer — paperbacks or hardcovers?