Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Yes, please! 😉
Hardbacks if it’s a used first edition or I just have to read it now. Otherwise, trade paperbacks are just fine.
Either one is fine!
Hardbacks, paperbacks, Kindle, whichever! I love them all.
Paperback, but not the mass market kind.
Yes, thank you.
Hardbacks or tradebacks, not mass market paperbacks.
Paperback…..but not mass market.
If I’m collecting all of an author’s work, I prefer paperback. They take up less room. But I own both.
Hardcover with shiny library Mylar book jacket cover.
It’s like the best of both worlds.
Paperback to carry. Hardback to read comfortably 🙂
Both. I like Kindle, but it’s a distant third to a real book in my hands.
Yes please ?
This is such FUN belonging to this group!!!!!!!
Depends who you’re hitting. Just kidding, I love the feel of hardbacks, but it’s easier to carry more paperbacks with you.
Hardback for the special books- the ones I want to keep. Paper for the beach reads and the ones I give away after reading. Although lately I usually read on my kindle seeing all these pictures of books in posts makes me really miss that. There are advantages though
Both and a kindle
Both, but I like taking paperbacks along in my bag/purse
I do 25% on hardback, paperback, Nook, and Kindle. And when I lived on Long Island the public library was thrown in the mix (so 20% all).
Both. I enjoy collecting first editions but also enjoy getting the classics in paperback because of their affordability!
Paperbacks are more portable.
Both plus eBooks
all the books, kindle too
Paperbacks, you can store more of them.
Paperback, hardback, Kindle, Audible ❤️?
Ereaders, Kindle or Nook. It lays flat, keeps your page and transports easily in purse. And it is backlit to read in dim lighting. I love that the ereader remembers the last page read and returns to it.
Both of course
Plus I like how with kindle I can look up a word or pronunciations I don’t know, or search images or more background on the web with a touch when I want to learn more. A more immersive experience
I use them all-hardback, paperback, ebooks and audio. ❤️?
Paper. They don’t hurt as much when they hit me in the face as I fall asleep reading in bed.
Paperback- they hurt less when your children smoosh them into you while they’re climbing over you or on you.
Yes! Oh my goodness Yes! This was my day today! I couldn’t imagine how it would have been with a hardback!
Both and Kindle.
Hardcover from the library, paperback if I buy.
Kindle or e books! I can haul all 1400+ books without lip from my husband about how many books I have! He’s not a reader in any way, shape, or form…poor sucker…
Both…..and ebooks on the Nook (I’m a heathen I know)
I love hardcovers but i also try not to crack my books
Paperback, unless first edition or I just can’t wait for paperback release.. for decades readers could acquire books at better cost factors if purchased in paperback.. as more can be shelved, considering the ever flat surface challenges.. often hardback, from libraries, but not always ..
Love them all❤️
Hardback, though except for gifts I take them out if the library.
Both – I buy most of my books used so it depends upon which I can get the cheapest and in the best shape. But I do prefer hardbacks.
If you are going to keep them hardbacks. As I mentioned in another thread I have copies of books on audio, my Kindle, and hardback. Many paperbacks. Recently books such as Miss Peregrine and the Asylum series are much better as hard backs. Just depends on whether I am going to share them with my students or not.
Hardcover if special or autographed. I don’t like the small paperback books but the larger size they are now doing. Not a fan of reading on my nook.
Hardback whenever possible.
For my collection of favorite books, hardbacks. Anything else, I don’t have a preference.
Both, and an ereader
Yes!!! Me too!
@Allison– I used to have to travel with a suitcase of books, and if we were driving, they were all read when we got there. With my ereader, my possibilities are endless.
@Cara Exactly! I used to get the biggest paperbacks with the smallest print for travel…and still need to buy some while away. I adore being able to carry 200 books and the store in my back pocket:)
I am learning there is mass market paperbacks, which is a little paperback And the bigger version which is trade paperbacks. The trade paperbacks are the same size as a hardcover and are printed exactly the same. They are so much easier to read.
Hard…..the new style paperback is acceptable as well
Yes. And Kindle. 😉
As I buy used books, whatever format the book happens to come in when I buy it. When buying new, I almost exclusively buy paperbacks because they’re cheaper (unless I see some hardbacks on the bargain table).
I love hardcovers but will read anything LOL
Any and an ereader….I will even read on my phone at times.
Paper backs to read but if I really love a book, I’ll by the hardcover to collect. All paper backs are donated to the library when done unless I am having a hard time finding a hardcover.
what ever I can find
Either, but I keep hardcovers and pass paperbacks to others to read. Getting mostly paperbacks allows me to conserve limited space.
Paperbacks!!! I bend them backwards and forwards and dog ear at the top of the page to keep my place and bottom of the page to remember to go back or to mark something I really like. Sometimes I just lay it flat down and squish it on the table so I can pick it up quickly when I return. I unconditionally love on my books! Of course, this is for books I own, not library books.
Or a ereader…
depends, for books i consider classics and must-haves for my personal library i like to have hardcover, but if it’s a fun, entertaining novel/novella that i’d like to be able to take anywhere to flop and read and do not necessarily feel the compulsion to keep after reading, then paperback. (though, really, price and availability factor in highly–i prefer used books that feel comfortable and smell familiar.)
Whatever the library has.
Hardcover. I write to carry on conversations with characters in the margins. Breaking the binding on a paperback disturbs me.
I like the larger paperbacks but I’ll read either
That’s like having to choose between your children
Used to always be paperbacks, but now I’m getting partial to hardbacks.
I’ve never wanted an e-reader, but some books are TOO BIG! I’m currently reading a book, (hard cover), that has 690 pages. Now I wish I had an e-reader.
Game of thrones is that big. But I have larger paperback version.
@Susan I just got the larger paperback version as well. This was one I wanted the real book experience for. Without the weight!
Either! They each have their advantages and disadvantages!
Either…but paperbacks are easier to handle…specially if its a thick one…when reading in bed, which i do every night
It’s what’s between the “backs” that matters.
Hardback. My skin is so oily that the print on paperback transfers to my fingers. I love hard backs and I try so hard not to break the spines so I look pretty funny trying to read book without opening it so wide.
I like the trade size paperbacks to read….they seem easier to hold and not as heavy as a hardback…
Both. I used to only buy hardbacks because they were easier to take care of. But now it’s just which ever costs less or is available first
I’m addicted to my e-reader. Easy to adjust the print size and read in the dark, not to mention traveling with hundreds of titles.
Paperback…easier to travel with and read while commuting. 🙂
Any kind of books… hardback, paperback, ebook, or audiobook!!!!!
Paperbacks or e-books. I can’t stand dust jackets!
Prefer Hardbacks for the permanent collection, but fine to read both/either. And yes, have lots of paperbacks in the collection too! Some things never were in Hardback.
Paperbacks. They’re cheaper
Paperbacks. They cost less and weigh less. That said, I do feel very intellectual when I read a hardcover.
The font size in paperbacks is frequently too small.
and, I have often found font variations in paper or trade pb more appealing.. also weight and easier on my vision.. though the margins in pb if one is in need, or practice to annotate, are often less so than in a hardback..
Both, but if it’s a book longer in length, paperback is easier to hold!
Either. It depends. E-books too.
Hardback’ no paperback and kindle
Trade size paperbacks.
Kindle for me!
Hard cover, paperbacks,and e-books.
Prefer hardbacks !
Paperback all the way!
And Kindle and Audible!
I haven’t read a paper book in years and I’m feeling guilty about that,
Paperbacks! Prefer them to lugging around that heavy cover.
Either and Kindle
Hardcover if I can afford them at the time.
Paperback is fine and so it hardback. I just can’t handle messing up the cover the of Book in hardback version so I take it off. ?
Whatever suits your fancy!
Hardbacks and trade paperbacks. The print is too small in regular paperbacks and they are harder to read while eating. I really like the weight and size of a trade paperback (6 x 9, 5.5 x 8) and they cost about $10 less than a hardback.
Either, but I prefer paperback.
Doesn’t matter as long as it’s a real book!
Lately . ..ebook
I don’t discriminate.
Paperback and eReader. Storage became a real issue with hardbacks so switched to paperbacks years ago. Now trying to downsize and so donate most paperbacks.
Hard is my preference, but I usually get paperbacks because they are cheaper… so I can spend the rest on more books.
Mostly paperback, but my favorites I will upgrade to hardback, or buy new HB first. I have a very short list of authors I’ll pre-order in hardback, and it’s gotten shorter after a couple of deaths (Anne McCaffrey for one).
I loved Dragonriders of Pern. I was a real science fiction geek in highschool.
Most of the time paperback because arthritis has made hardbacks too difficult to manage. Also, ebooks but I still love the physical versions best.
Doesn’t matter even ebooks don’t matter. It’s a way to read the book. No preference.
Hardback. Love them all.
Three problems with hardbacks- they are expensive, they take up a lot of space and they are heavy. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is waiting for that book to come out in paperback????
hard, i found paperbacks were falling apart
Spent yesterday afternoon listening to 84 Charing Cross Road. I think someone here recommended it. It was wonderful! An exchange of letters between an American with a New Yawk accent and a Brittish bookseller. The contrast in accents was charming. The letters started right after WWII and continued over a decade. I love this format.
Hard for home reading and paper if traveling
If I had the money, I’d have hardbacks for bookshelves, no paperbacks, and digital copies for reading.
If I know I will want to keep the book and add it to my home library, hardcover. For traveling, paperback.
Either – but no e-books!
I love the hardbacks from the library with that plastic that crinkles when you open the book. Every time I hear it, it sounds like it’s going to be a great read.
Hardcover or trade paper. No mass market.
I love large print! I get them whenever they’re available.
I prefer hard covers, but paperbacks are easier to take to the beach.
Depends on my mood and the size of the book…
A well-made paperback! They’re still cheaper than hardbacks, but they last longer than a paperback with low-quality binding. 🙂
Hardback or trade paperback. Mass market paperbacks are too tiny. I like a substantial book to hold on to
Kendal-free books from local library.
Hardbacks or the larger size paperbacks.
Either. Hardcover tends to be less “portable”
Both unless the paperback is the smaller version then no. Paperbacks come in 2 sizes, I like the larger version.
Hardbacks, or trade will work!
I prefer trade paper if it’s available, but I’ll take any format if it’s a book I want to read.
If it’s a book it’s great- hardback, paperback, ebook or audible!
prefer hardback if i can find them. they last longer !
Both and kindle!
what ever is on sale
Hardbacks, paperbacks, e-books, audiobooks! It all works as long as I have at least two every time I go out! ?
hardback as the print is larger
Hardbacks, paperbacks and ebooks
I love a hardback, but I like a paperback for travel. I read on my kindle, but finally figured out it was not as satisfying as actually reading a book. The story is the same, but the experience is different. And I am actually a techno person.
Paperbacks. Which means waiting a year or less for that book you want to read
Both. If I have to have it, then it is usually a hard cover when it comes out. But, always check out the ones missed in the paperback aisle. Also, almost always hard backs at the used book store. Not sure why, just realized it really.
You can buy a nice hardback for $1.00 at tag sales. I always go for the hardback if possible.
Either…though I occasionally pick the next book according to what my schedule may be, and the “ease” of reading a heavier vs. lighter weight book.
All of the above
Both. And e-books.
The thicker it is, the more likely I am to get a hardback, just because the binding on PBs doesn’t hold up well with thick books (think Game of Thrones, Gone with the Wind, etc).
Either, but I still like the physical book not a e book. I then enjoy passing the book to others to read.
Hard backs, if possible.
Both and ebooks. It depends on price, where I am when I find a title I want, and if I’m traveling. I buy used and new. Library books are good too. Reading is at the root.
I like both.
Either/or, or both.
Kindle app on iPhone
Paperbacks because they can get stashed in my purse, but I’ll go either way really.
Sometimes hardback and sometimes paper. Just got a Kindle.
Hardbacks for books I plan on keeping for years to come, paperback for ones I know I’ll end up giving away.
Kindle or paperback for my old hands.
I have a kibble but I prefer a book in hand!
I still love hardback best but my kindle is easier on my arthritic hands
Audible and Paperwhite Kindle
Depends what’s available for a great price at the time. Both.
Both. Although I tend to prefer paperbacks because they’re easier to hold and to break in. I have tried many many times to do audiobooks and I just can’t seem to pay close enough attention. My mind ends up wandering and I end up losing half the story and I feel lost. I’m better off with a physical book and every once in a while I’ll use my Nook. But I always prefer a physical book over the ebooks
Hardback if they are going in my collection. Paperback is fine just for reading
1 time read – paperback. Personal library for Over and over reading – hardback. Often buy the hardback after trying a paperback and loving it.
Paperback for sure but I just got an Audible subscription and love it! I am in my car a lot and it gives me a great time to get some good books in while I’m driving!
Ebooks or library loaners.
Both including audiobook
If it is non-fiction a hardback. Mindless romance palate cleanser then paperback or kindle is fine.
Neither…..I use iPad
Hardcover for the shelf, paperback for reading in bed
Kindle for night reading, Hardcover for keeping, paperback for sharing.
Hardback all the way!
Hardback..,easier to hold when in bed at night using clamp on light!!
If I plan on keeping/sharing it, hardback.
Paperbacks. Easier to hold, especially with one hand while holding a baby. Also cheaper. But since having kids, I’ve come to love my Kindle (the old, original one) that’s lightweight and easy to use with one hand while nursing a baby.
Me too, I have the old kindle with the keyboard and I love it!
Hard backs are sturdier but paper backs are lighter….I’m conflicted on this one
It depents how much money I have.?
All: hard, soft, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, audio!!!
I like hard backs.
Like either but prefer paperback
I preferred paperbacks when I was younger b/c they were lighter and I could put more on my shelves. As I’ve progressed, I enjoy hardback (and definitely Large Print when I can find it). At the end of the day, as long as I can read it, I’m there. 🙂
Yes why is it hard to find large print?? I went to Barnes n noble to buy someone a book and they had like four books in large print!!
@Susan – My guess is that with the advent and increasing interest in ebooks, printed books in general (and large print especially) seem to be losing ground. I do find many large print books through the library.
Hard and soft cover. ebooks !!!!!!!
Me too! Kindle!
Paperbacks, but I like older hardcover books.
Any way I can get em 🙂
Hardbacks… But Paperbacks are better than not at all.
Now that paperback books are bigger they are fine. Cannot stand, anymore, the “regular” paperbacks that you have to split the binding to get the words out.
Both. No preferences for me.
Ebooks! ? I buy a hardback if I really love the book. I am not a fan of the small paperbacks, but the larger ones aren’t bad. I really prefer my Kindle, though.
Either and E books as well! 🙂
Paperbacks. Usually short in length and dimension. Don’t feel so guilty when it gets stained.
I prefer hardbacks, but will read either!
Paperbacks when traveling. Lighten my load as I go by leaving books in hotels as I finish them. Maybe housekeeping would like a good read!
paper is usually cheaper = lets you buy more books
Ereaders! I love having 300 + books in my purse at all times. And I have my smartphone as backup. I thought I would have trouble letting go of paper books but the convenience of an ereader can’t be beat. It’s so easy to buy more books plus there are tons of sales and free books.
They are easy to read in the dark.
I love being able to immediately define unfamiliar words on my Kindle Fire. I find myself stabbing the pages of print books trying to make the dictionary feature come up.
@Debbie I love the dictionary feature.
Hardback, paperback, kindle…ANY!!
which ever is cheaper
I get print, audio, and e-books for free at the library. It truly is a blessing.
Yup, whichever has the shortest hold list at the library.
If I love a book and want to keep it, I buy a hard copy.
a book is a book is a book is a book. it is about the words, and how they leave you. Hardcover, paperback, e-read. When a book changes your thought patterns, opens you to a world you never knew, makes you think in a new way or gives you a picture of beauty you never saw before, the medium does not matter. It is all about the journey. my opinion.
Hardbacks if I can!! I can’t stand mass produced paperbacks!
Hardcovers! Best part is they don’t have stupid movie cover illustrations. I hate those. ??♀️
I’ve gone to kindle and ibooks. Most of my library books are checked out through kindle.
Definitely hardback unless it is on the Kindle or audio. Who can wait until it gets out in paperback?
Both are ok with me. ❤️
Paperbacks— they hurt less when they hit you in the face when you fall asleep reading in bed?
I have been known to drop my iPad on my face reading at night in bed. That’s almost as bad as a hardcover. Probably need to reserve paperbacks for late night bed reading. ?
Hardbacks as much as possible , otherwise kindle
My eyes are not as good now and lots of paperbacks have small print, so hardback in books I borrow from libraries.
Any fans ou there omg The Red Tent? Read it a long time ago, but remember I loved it.
The Red Tent was limited in subject. Did not branch out to let us get to know characters’ lives.
I found it a couple weeks ago, picked it up based on recommendations here, didn’t realize the subject matter until I got home. Looks interesting, but I’m not sure guys are allowed … Ha ha?
Paperbacks – more portable!
Prefer paperbacks just because they are easier to handle.
Hard cover or trade paperback
Either. Both. Also audio and e-books, love them all!
I love my kindle
EIther…and a my ebooks. Still love the feel of paper the best, but when I travel, the ebook works the best.
I’m just the opposite! I love my ebooks but save paperbacks for vacation so I don’t have to worry about the battery or sand
i’m not picky about format 🙂
I am getting old. Used to fall asleep every night reading. Started buying paperback versions of longtime favorite hardbacks because I am just too old to go to sleep holding a hardback book up and drop it on my head. Once was enough!
So very true!!
Woke me up though! ?
ebooks or audio books
Neither, traditional book from for me.
Still love hardcover but buy a lot of paperbacks. Lately,though, our library sells 2016,’17, and ‘18 for a dollar! Buy those I have been wanting to read, and those I liked and have read, as gifts!
Ok, now that that’s settled?,have any of you read On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?
@Joanna yes. Really liked it. Predictable in spots but I really enjoyed it.
CD’s and Audio books.
I love hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books, and ebooks. I just love to read and choose the medium that fits best with my lifestyle. When I am driving…audio book; when I want to leave book after I have read, a paperback; if it is a book I cherish and want to keep..hardback. Ebooks are my forever backup of books I want to read but others get in the way.
Yes please. ?
Hardback books every time!
I have never had a preference, although now that I am older, I prefer the larger print that you can usually find in a hardcover, although sometimes it is easier to hold a paperback.
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