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Subject: Which format do you prefer?
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 9:36 AM ET
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Is there anyone out there who actually prefers receiving hardbacks to paperbacks? I have a distinct preference for paperback (trade if possible) but I'll take a hardback if it's something I really want. So, HP or PB?
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 9:55 AM ET
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i prefer hardback if i intend to keep them. if im just gonna read them and pass them along, i want paperback

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 9:59 AM ET
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Trade paperbacks.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:13 AM ET
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I don't care one bit.  DH, on the other hand, hates HB.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:23 AM ET
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It depends, keeper shelf is HB but for easier reading definitely PB (trade or MM)

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I don't care as long as I have enough small paperbacks as my "commute" books.  The hardbacks or large, heavy paperbacks I read at home.  I love trade paperbacks for the way they look and feel, they usually are printed on nicer paper.  The only books I don't like reading are paperbacks that are bound in such a way that the printing is close to the inside of the book, then I have to keep bending the pages open to see the beginning of the lines.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:55 AM ET
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I definitely prefer hardbacks. Paperbacks always have me worried if they're going to last through one more reading.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:09 PM ET
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Hardbacks for my very few keepers. But I'll take either if I'm just looking to read the book. I'll post either here, too, regardless of postage.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I prefer paperbacks but I'm really not picky. If I can get the HB cheap than that's what I get.  I don't WL hardbacks.  But if I see one of my WL books posted in hardback, I might order it if I want it quickly.  If I see the HB on clearance for like a $1 at the UBS than I might grab one.  I like the tradesize books the best. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:14 PM ET
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I prefer HBs for my permenant collection.  They hold up better and look nicer on the shelves.  For reading and swapping, I like PB. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Trade paperbacks. I'm not a huge hardback fan, but I'll read them :)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:12 PM ET
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prefer paperbacks; easier to read at bedtime.  But have ordered hardbacks from time to time, when that's the only format available.


Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:21 PM ET
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I prefer paperback because I have a limited amount of space. Plus they're a little easier to carry around. I'll buy HC if it's a book I want right now.

I'm actually in the process of trying to get rid of most of my HC

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:25 PM ET
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I much prefer paperbacks but I did get the whole Outlander series in hardback for my keeper shelf.


Subject: Hardbacks
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:04 PM ET
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At this point I'm going through and getting rid of lots of the fiction I've read (the ones I don't plan to re-read).  I'm looking for keeper books - mostly retro pop culture nonfiction - and I LOVE hardcover books.   Any format - ex-library, book club, etc. -- I just like the sturdiness of hardcover books for "keeper" books.

Subject: Paperbacks
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:10 PM ET
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For my fiction books I want paperback -- they take up less space and are easy to tote around with me.    For non-fiction books I intend to keep I like hardbacks but I if I'm wanting the book I get it in paperback if thats all that is available.   Given a choice though, I'll order hardbacks for non-fiction books.   

I hope I am always able to read paperbacks, Mom keeps warning me that someday I'll wish my books are all in hardback so the print is bigger.  

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:12 PM ET
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It really depends.  If I consider the book a keeper, then I prefer a hardback for longevity's sake.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I like HB for my Non-Fiction and PB for everything else :)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:03 PM ET
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I have no preference. I enjoy holding both forms in my hands. :)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:19 PM ET
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mass market paperbacks for several reasons.  first, least expensive.  second, easiest to carry around so i can read wherever.  third, easiest to shelve.

i have built-in bookcases, and only about half to 3/4 of the shelves are tall enough to take hardbacks.  so only my very favorite authors get bought in hardback.  trade paperbacks will also only go on those shelves, so i almost never buy those - a fav author i'll generally have bought it in HB if it came out that way first.  everyone else i'll borrow from the library if i can if it comes out first in HB or trade, then buy the MMP if it's one i want for a keeper.

plus when i take 10 books for a week-long vacation, anything but MMP is just too heavy and takes up too much space.  :)

part of the reason i joined here is so i could finally read some of the series that are only available in trade, and i can read them and send them out again without having to pay $10+ for a book i won't keep.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I love trade paperbacks. They are so much more luxurious than the mass market paperback size and the font is often slighly larger. i also like ARCs (Advance Reader Copies). They are printed in the size of hardcovers or trade paperbacks, without the extra weight. 

I don't know why PBS has a problem with posting them for credits. I think they can well described as ADVANCE READING COPIES, so people can have the choice of choosing them or not.. Some books have many editions & all are listed in the system. PBS say it's because ARCs might not contain exactly the same contents as the final book. Well, unless you're in a book club need ing the same edition as everyone else, or on a thread talking about Harry Potter, or a popular book like that, where people will be quoting from exact pages, exact quotes & passages, the books aren't going to contain that much different stuff. Roll Eyes It's not like, in the uncorrected proof of a mystery, the butler did it, but in the final published copy, the author changes it at the last minute to the hero's best friend.


Edtted for typos. Print is too small to read while typing.

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Date Posted: 3/7/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I prefer paperbacks - for the reasons others have stated - portability, storage, etc.  I don't have any objection to hardbacks or trades, unless they're like Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell.  That book was so heavy in HB that my arms got tired before my eyes did!

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 12:18 PM ET
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I prefer paperbacks - just plain old MM paperbacks.  Now, when I order a book, especially a WL book, I don't care what format and half the time I don't even look at what format till it gets here.