Why are you still awake?
Books. When you read, do you prefer a soft cover or a hard cover? Or does it even matter?
Why are you still awake?
If its soft, its usually cheap, and usually gets around more.
The hard ones are the ones I like to keep on the shelf.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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....
Makes no difference but I feel less guilty if something goes wrong with a paperback...
Where'd all the Kleenex go?
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.
just to clear this up - the original title of the thread was "do you like it hard or soft?" right?
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.
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.
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.