Paperback - Hardcover

  • New to the board or trying to figure out how something works here? Check out the User Guide.
  • The message board is open 8:30am ET Tuesdays to 4pm ET Thursdays. Posts cannot be made outside of board hours.

    As always, the Board will be open to read and those who have those privileges can still send private messages and post to Profiles.

What book type do you have a preference in reading and collecting.

  • Paperback

    Votes: 11 27.5%
  • Hardcover

    Votes: 29 72.5%
  • E-Book

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    40

RandallFlagg19

Well-Known Member
May 5, 2014
809
6,209
34
I prefer paperbacks--light and portable. But I have read so many books on my Kindle because I can get them within, like, one minute, and start reading immediately. I have become used to reading on a screen although I never thought I would.
I have pretty much the same preference. I got a nook a few month ago, up until then I had about 40 Stephen King paperback novels. While I pick up the other paperbacks I want to complete my collection , I will also purchase e book copies of some of the thicker books; or if I spontaneously decide I need a book ,I don't have, right this second: I will download it to my e book. I also like that I can download a new release such as Revival at 12 AM the release date and then wait until the paperback comes out if I want to add it to my collection. Sigh I have a hardcover Mr. Mercedes because I didn't have my e book when it was released and it hasn't yet been released in a paperback copy.
 

Moderator

Ms. Mod
Administrator
Jul 10, 2006
50,913
147,730
Maine
I have pretty much the same preference. I got a nook a few month ago, up until then I had about 40 Stephen King paperback novels. While I pick up the other paperbacks I want to complete my collection , I will also purchase e book copies of some of the thicker books; or if I spontaneously decide I need a book ,I don't have, right this second: I will download it to my e book. I also like that I can download a new release such as Revival at 12 AM the release date and then wait until the paperback comes out if I want to add it to my collection. Sigh I have a hardcover Mr. Mercedes because I didn't have my e book when it was released and it hasn't yet been released in a paperback copy.
The paperback will be out January 6th for those who are still waiting. :smile2:
 

Kingfisher

Well-Known Member
Jan 1, 2015
55
275
28
I personally prefer hardcover, soft usually tends to buckle and warp due to the...unique environment of my bookshelf. I'm not saying I'm a book hoarder, but I probably am.

Also it's usually larger print than soft and my eyes have been getting progressively worse.
 

Kingfisher

Well-Known Member
Jan 1, 2015
55
275
28
I like hardbacks, but paper won't upset me. The words are the same. I like e books as well as it's usually cheaper and easier to carry around AND you can shop for them inyou p.j.s
It seems like E-books are so expensive! I use a Kindle and rarely buy E-books because I don't see how they can justify what is near regular distribution prices for digital media. It is cheaper for me to go and lurk the used section of Amazon books. Not too long ago I received a copy of The Crow: A Murder of Crows for a penny with dollar shipping. Or I go to yard sales, thrift shops, used book shops.

I do want that King Kindle exclusive though...That's been calling out to my pocketbook for awhile.
 

kingricefan

All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.
Jul 11, 2006
29,636
124,869
Spokane, WA
Just thought of something- you know when you buy a movie on bluray and it'll have the dvd version (that's a big 'Huh?' to me right there) and sometimes also will have the digital download version included? How come hardback books don't also come with a digital version, too? Makes you go 'Hmmmmm.....' doesn't it?
 

do1you9love?

Happy to be here!
Feb 18, 2012
9,234
70,045
Virginia
Just thought of something- you know when you buy a movie on bluray and it'll have the dvd version (that's a big 'Huh?' to me right there) and sometimes also will have the digital download version included? How come hardback books don't also come with a digital version, too? Makes you go 'Hmmmmm.....' doesn't it?
Well, it does now! lol
 

RandallFlagg19

Well-Known Member
May 5, 2014
809
6,209
34
I saw at table at Barns and Noble the other day which sold paperbacks of some Stephen king books that included a voucher/coupon to get the e book version between 4 and 5 dollars; I amuse that would only be beneficial to nook owners who wanted both paperback and nook versions of the Stephen King novels.
 

skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
15,683
92,157
USA
If it's something by a writer that I love and know I'm going to read again, I prefer hardbacks (or trade PBs, in a pinch--my first 4 DT books are in that format). I tend to buy both of those, whether at bookstores, Amazon, or secondhand shops (my favorite places to buy books). I do have a few mass market PBs, mainly ones I've kept for sentimental reasons, those I was sent as a reviewer and liked enough to keep, and a few classics that I haven't found in HB. I buckled to Kindle a few months ago, and it's okay; easier to read than on my computer screen, for some reason, but I still prefer a 'real' book in any format.
 
If It Bleeds - New Collection Coming 5/5/20 The Institute - Available Now Flight or Fright - Now Available in Trade Paperback!