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February 21, 2008

Booking through Thursday: Format

Jumping on the bandwagon

Today's question:

All other things (like price and storage space) being equal, given a choice in a perfect world, would you rather have paperbacks in your library? Or hardcovers? And why?

I had to think about this one. I think I'd rather have what we at Borders referred to as QP - quality paperbacks, the larger kind that most non-fiction books and some fiction come in. Mass market paperbacks are small and flimsy, and hardcovers can be cumbersome, so I think quality paperback is a nice compromise.

Posted by Kat at February 21, 2008 01:53 PM

Lots of interesting questions/topics today!

Hardcover vs. paperback - depends on how often I'm going to read it, and whether it's a reference book, etc. If it's a reference book, I'd rather have a hardback. If it's a novel, then it depends on if it's a favorite author that I'll read over and over (hardback). Paper covers are "ok" and in knitting books are sometimes preferable, as I have cut off the binding and had it re-bound with spiral cording so it lays flat.

Posted by: Amy at February 21, 2008 05:59 PM

For books I consider reference books (most cookbooks, how-to books, etc) I prefer hardcovers as they sit on the shelf nicely and feel sturdier. However for fiction and books I'm likely to carry around with me I like trade paperbacks (I suspect these are the same as Border's QP) they are closer in physical size to a hardcover but the paper cover does seem sturdy and makes it lighter to carry around. Plus they are cheaper than hardcovers.

Posted by: Michelle at February 21, 2008 06:58 PM
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