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Subject: are people prejudiced against hardcover books?
Date Posted: 2/11/2015 12:48 PM ET
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I looked for a book I wanted to request this morning. I noticed a pbk of the book had two people wishing for it. When I looked at the hardcover of that book there was one available so I was able to request the book while two people sat waiting for a pbk. This seems to happen many times. I guess people just don't like hardcover books. Maybe hardcovers are too bulky and take up more room.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 12:54 PM ET
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I want hardcover books because of my vision I cannot read paperbacks.  

 

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 12:58 PM ET
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And also it costs more to send hardcovers. For that reason I do not post many hardcovers and I only request them if I want to keep the book.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 1:25 PM ET
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Hardcovers are hard for me to hold, arthritis in my wrists, so I prefer tradesize paperbacks.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 1:33 PM ET
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I also think some people like Mass Market Paperbacks so they can carry them in their purse or easily take them to waiting rooms or on trips.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 1:55 PM ET
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some people like Mass Market Paperbacks so they can carry them in their purse or easily take them to waiting rooms or on trips.

This is DH (minus the purse, LOL). He prefers MMPBs because of their portability. It's like pulling teeth to get him to read a hardcover. I'm not picky, but I do prefer trade paperbacks if given the choice.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 2:31 PM ET
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I wouldn't read too much into it. It might just depend on the kind of books you're looking for. For the books I look for, I've consistently found that hard cover has longer wish lists, and that they're harder to come by than paperback.

Another explanation is that publishers produce different number of books for hardcover and paperback, depending on the target audience. Hardcover costs more, so if your main targeted market are people looking for affordable books, you'd print more paperback. On the other hand, many books first come out as hardback only, and ppb print only come out much later, which means there'll simply be more hardcover in the market.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 2:48 PM ET
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Personally, I love hardcovers but if I have a series that I have in p/b, I keep the set that way. Some books I have the series in h/c and I keep it that way too. 

 

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 2:49 PM ET
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For me, if I'm keeping them, hardcover books are larger and harder to store (you can't put them fore edge down without wrecking the binding).

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 3:32 PM ET
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I'll take hardcover or paperback, doesn't matter to me...

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 4:21 PM ET
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It could also be that people don't think to look for other versions of the book, so they didn't realize a hardcover was available.  Seems like it's working out for you, though! 

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 6:51 PM ET
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Or, they want a book to match the others in a series, and they happen to be paperback.

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 10:02 PM ET
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It doesn't matter to me either. I do prefer hardcover and trade paperback to MMP. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2015 10:34 PM ET
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There's no question that most people prefer paperback versions for the reasons mentioned. I prefer them for portability, less weight to hold in bed, easier to store, cheaper to mail, easier to maintain in good condition.

All those mean the paperbacks are more popular, so I want paperbacks because there's a waiting list for them but not for the HC.

I often get offered a Similar to Wish that's the HC version. I don't request them, and obviously most people don't Wish for them. If it's a book I have little chance of getting any other way (even at Amazon's penny sales), I might take it. But I'd prefer not to.

Date Posted: 2/12/2015 9:46 AM ET
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I keep getting "similiar to wish" emails, telling me a book is available in paperback.  

Date Posted: 2/12/2015 10:25 AM ET
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It probably depends on the type of book and if people intend to keep them for their libraries or just pass them on, and how they read (and how fast they want the latest stuff). I can see it could go both ways, although I would expect most HCs have people wishing for the PB versions, so it's interesting that it's not always the case.

Date Posted: 2/12/2015 2:58 PM ET
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I have certain categories of books that I want in HB;  poetry, most non-fiction & reference.  These are  books I dip into as questions arise, but I'm not holding and reading for hours at a time.  I used to request HBs for certain authors that I particularly like and re-read, but in the last couple of years, I've been switching those out for PBs.  They're just easier on my hands. 

HBs are generally more costly to mail.  Even trade-size pb's are usually under 1 lb, but hb's not so much...

Date Posted: 2/12/2015 8:07 PM ET
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When you're buried in books, the paperbacks often seem like a nicer option, lighter and hogging less shelf-space.  I buy books for my mom and she kindly told me that she hates reading the hardcovers, too heavy and cumbersome.  

Date Posted: 2/12/2015 10:50 PM ET
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I love hardcovers.  The paper is better, and the text is larger.  :)

It only costs about 30 cents or so more to mail one 

Date Posted: 2/14/2015 6:43 PM ET
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It just occurred to me this club is called paperback swap. no wonder people like paperbacks more.

Date Posted: 2/14/2015 7:44 PM ET
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It just occurred to me this club is called paperback swap. no wonder people like paperbacks more.

That doesn't make any sense. The name doesn't mean anything, since people have always been free to post/order paperback, hardback or trade sized.

 

Date Posted: 2/14/2015 7:50 PM ET
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I like either one, but if I am buying it outright, I usually want the cheaper version. I traded a lot of HC when I first started, as I had tons (literally) from belonging to a book club and I now WL both, doesn't matter to me, whichever comes up first. I don't mind the greater per book postage costs due to weight;  I think for me it all averages out between sending singles, multiples and the few first class packages.

Funny thing I noticed yesterday when I ordered from thrift books using the Valentines deal was that many of the HC were less expensive than the PB versions.

Date Posted: 2/14/2015 10:25 PM ET
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I do think that paperbacks are more portable, but yes, the print is usually smaller.

Date Posted: 2/16/2015 1:17 AM ET
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I do not like hardcover because of their weight and size.  I have a nerve pain problem in my hands and arms so reading HC makes the pain very bad.  Not to say I never read HC because I do (some books are only available in HC) but I can't read very long at one time and never 2 HC one after the other.  

Date Posted: 2/16/2015 3:59 PM ET
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'Funny thing I noticed yesterday when I ordered from thrift books using the Valentines deal was that many of the HC were less expensive than the PB versions.'

I've noticed that, too. Mostly in the bigger stores with fast turn-over; they seem to drop the prices on hb's as soon as the pb's come out -- they probably don't move fast enough otherwise.

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