Hardback or Paperback?

I thought I would post something a little different. I see a lot of awesome bookish blogs posting things like tags and polls. I thought it would be great to join in the fun and mix it up a little!

I know that everybody has their own opinions on the format of the book they are reading. Today I am going to compare paperback books versus hardback books. (I will do a later post including e-books and audio books)

I did a small poll on Twitter to see which was most popular, shown below:

 So, as you can see the the results state that most people prefer paperback books. Although everybody has their own opinion, of course.

Paperback Pros:

  • Paperback books are usually smaller, and therefore easier to fit in your bag.
  • They are not as heavy – it is much easier to haul around a bagful of paperbacks than it is hardbacks.
  • Paperback books are usually more affordable.
  • Pretty covers!

Paperback Cons:

  • Paperbacks are very prone to damage – creased covers and bent spine 😦

(Not so may cons to a paperback, lets see how the hardback goes)

Hardback Pros:

  • They tend to last longer – more durable.
  • Sometimes you get two covers in one – take off that dust jacket and there is a surprise underneath!
  • Pretty covers!

Hardback Cons:

  • Typically hardbacks are more expensive.
  • They are so heavy – much bulkier to carry around than a paperback.

My thoughts:

Honestly, I don’t mind too much whether I have a paperback or a hardback book. I love to hold a physical book in my hands, and the smell is the best aroma in the world (yep!).

However, if I own a series then the books have to match. I cannot have the first book in a paperback and its sequel as a hardback. I also need to check the size of the books in a series. If the paperback copies are different sizes, then I will go for the hardback every time!


So that is the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed reading something a little different on my blog.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you prefer a hardback book or a paperback book? Let me know in the comments πŸ™‚

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  1. I generally don’t have a preference between paperbacks and hardcovers, but if I have the choice I will try to get my books in hardcover. I usually buy used to begin with, and there are some rare cases where the hardcovers are cheaper than the paperbacks! It also depends on if I already own books in a series and what format they are as well because I want the format to match!

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  2. It definitely depends for me too. I’ll find more paperbacks in store here though, but when I want a nice edition to add to my collection then I’ll buy a hardcover. I have noticed lately that some books come out as hardcovers first and when I want to order the paperback, they’ll be more expensive. Same goes for e-books which frustrates me sometimes! Lol. I totally agree with you about the same editions though — it irks me when they’re all different sizes and designs etc πŸ˜‚

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  3. I have five children (aged 5 up to 15) and so when we buy books to keep for our home collection, we almost always buy them in hardback. It’s practical for us because I know they’ll last much longer with our house full of readers and they usually don’t cost much more. And I’m fine with my children picking my books up, knowing the cover won’t get all wrinkled or ripped. But when I was younger, pre-kids, I remember nearly rolling my eyes when a friend told me she preferred to purchase only hardback. I thought, “Why in the world would I want to pay an extra $2 per book?!” Now that my family make-up has changed, I get it. πŸ™‚

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  4. Honestly. I was a bit surprised when I found out that most people in the bookish community prefer paperbacks. I get the part about preferring paperbacks because of the price, but hardbacks are just so pretty! I also love how they’re much more durable than paperbacks. I lend my books out a lot, and if I lend out a paperback, it’s sure to come back beat up πŸ˜‚

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