View Poll Results: Do you prefer soft or hardcover books when reading?

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  • I prefer the soft covers.

    10 38.46%
  • I like hard covered books.

    8 30.77%
  • Makes no difference to me as long as it's a good story.

    8 30.77%
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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
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    Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

    Do you like soft covers or hard covers?

    Books. When you read, do you prefer a soft cover or a hard cover? Or does it even matter?

    -EJ

  2. #2
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    Mar 2007
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    SoCal
    Why are you still awake?

  3. #3
    If its soft, its usually cheap, and usually gets around more.

    The hard ones are the ones I like to keep on the shelf.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
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    Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)
    Quote Originally Posted by sue71 View Post
    Why are you still awake?
    I tried going to bed but couldn't. My mind races 24/7, and a good war movie is on.

    -EJ

  5. #5
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    Mar 2007
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    SoCal
    In any event, I'm torn on this one. Soft paperbacks are cheaper but hardcovers last longer.

    I usually don't buy hardcovers but from a very few authors. Like 2. Tres expensive.

    I'm trying to cut back on buying books in general (NOT cheap if you buy a lot/often) but I need to get a library card. I used to have one but haven't gotten one in LA yet. I did start trading books with friends, though.

  6. #6
    I'll take soft covers, but I really love hardbacks. I'm working on building up a library and I think the hardbacks look better. Hardbacks are usually printed on better paper stock, which makes a difference to me. I also trash the dust covers when I purchase a hardback.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2007
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    Seattle, WA
    I prefer reading a hardback book - the pages are usually bigger, they sit nicely in your lap, you don't have to struggle to keep it from closing on you.

    Disadvantage - they're big and heavy. I found I read more paperbacks, just because I could carry them around easily - on the metro, always kept a book in my backpack, etc.

    But now, I just listen to most of my books. (Yay Audible + Zune!)

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Good point- I won't take hardcovers with me when I travel anymore. Too dang heavy.

    And I can't bring myself to listen to my books. I like lying in bed or curling up in my chair and reading.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles

    Thumbs up

    Addicted to Hard Covers. (...can anyone say, "use your local library?") I pick up books at the bookstores (B&N, Borders, Costco, etc.) at a discount price when appropriate, but don't even mind travelling with Hard Covers since I love them so.

    I share new Hard Covers with friends -- I buy one, they buy one or two, and we all swap.... and then all get donated to our local libraries.

    Nothing, nothing fills me up like a great new Hard Cover book. Ah....

  10. #10
    Makes no difference but I feel less guilty if something goes wrong with a paperback...

    Where'd all the Kleenex go?

  11. #11
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest Ohio
    I frequent my local library often, thus read a lot of hard cover books. Three or four per week. When I travel or if I see something while walking through a book store I purchase a paperback or two. The library is free. The paperbacks travel better.

  12. #12
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    Mar 2007
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    Waterloo, Ontario (unfortunately, no longer in London England).
    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverBlowingBubbles View Post
    If its soft, its usually cheap, and usually gets around more.

    The hard ones are the ones I like to keep on the shelf.
    Same here.

  13. #13
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    Mar 2007
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    Waterloo, Ontario (unfortunately, no longer in London England).
    Quote Originally Posted by EarlJam View Post
    and a good war movie is on.

    -EJ
    Which one?

  14. #14
    just to clear this up - the original title of the thread was "do you like it hard or soft?" right?

  15. #15
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    Mar 2007
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    SoCal
    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverBlowingBubbles View Post
    just to clear this up - the original title of the thread was "do you like it hard or soft?" right?
    Yes, you are correct. I said the same thing this morning.

  16. #16
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    Feb 2007
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    In your attic
    My wife is a librarian so which ever one she brings me is fine. I usually get hardcover, sometimes an audiobook. I have listened to every Harry Potter. This was fine for the first five, but I'm kinda mad at myself for not reading the last two.

    I hope EJ doesn't use our opinions via his polls to influence his life decisions.

  17. #17
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Seoul, Korea
    I'd rather have it soft than hard. First I also read a lot, and buying hardcovers is ridiculously expensive. Library isn't really an option here in Korea, but the next best thing is a couple of used bookstores I know(you get a much better selection there than at the few shops that have an English language section, you just can't rely on them having any particular book/author). But especially because I do carry a book(or books) around with me wherever I go, on the subway, on the bus, in the car, waiting around for a meeting, etc and hardcovers are too cumbersome to deal with.

    And I absolutely hate to ever throw even a paperback away, I'd hate to think how attached I'd get if I regularly bought hardcovers.

  18. #18
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Forest Hills, NY
    Quote Originally Posted by EarlJam View Post
    Books. When you read, do you prefer a soft cover or a hard cover? Or does it even matter?

    -EJ
    Not trying to hijack the thread, but does anyone have the Kindle? Thinking about getting one.

  19. #19
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    I like being able to hold books in one hand comfortably, so paperbacks. I always seem to end up laying on my back with my arms straight up in the air, or sitting at a table looking straight down, neither of which is favorable for long periods of reading.

  20. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverBlowingBubbles View Post
    If its soft, its usually cheap, and usually gets around more.

    The hard ones are the ones I like to keep on the shelf.

    Paperbacks, the "sluts" of the literary world?

    Where'd all the Kleenex go?

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