Monday, October 18, 2010

Musing Mondays

This question comes from the blog Should Be Reading.

Do you prefer hardcovers, trade paperbacks (the bigger ones), or mass market paperbacks (the smaller ones)? Why?

I vastly prefer trade paperbacks to either hardbacks or mass market paperbacks. They are the ideal weight and size, and fit nicely into the front pocket of my backpack that I routinely use as a carry-on bag when flying. Also, they are better quality than mass market and a better price than hardback. That being said, there are some books that I want in hardback to withstand the multiple re-reads. I am longing to get the Melendy Family books by Elizabeth Enright in hardback, and if they ever release Ballet Shoes and Dancing Shoes in hardback I will jump on those as well. But overall, I prefer trade paperbacks.


La Coccinelle said...

Trade paperbacks are nice. I don't generally take books anywhere, so I don't mind hardcovers, either.

amnbsdad said...

I love the trade paperback. I've joined the Quality Paperback Book Club a couple of times and just adore the way the books feel in my hands. I like to bend the spine and flip through the book and, okay this may be strange, smell the pages.

Mockingbird said...

Nope. Every book lover I know smells the pages. Just don't lick them - that crosses over into weird.

Bibliophile said...

I prefer trade paperbacks for reading, but hardbacks look better on my shelves. I compromise by buying hardbacks of books I know I am going to want to keep, and paperbacks for the rest.