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When buying books ...

... do you prefer hardcover or paperback?

I prefer to buy paperback, I feel like I get more for my money with paperback. I can get 2 or 3 or even 4 paperback for the cost of one hardcover. But I hate having to wait for books I really want to read to come out in paperback. It's a conundrum.


Asked by canadianmom1974 at 3:00 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • It depends. If it's a book in a series I like, I will usually get the hardcover. I read my favorite books over and over, and paperbacks just don't hold up as well. If I don't think I'll read the book very many times, I'll get the paperback.

    Answer by andrea96 at 3:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • If I'm getting a new one, I'll get the hardcover because I'm too impatient to wait for paperback. But, I prefer the feel of paper back, and they fit better in my shelf.
    Plus, like you said, they're cheaper.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 3:01 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I usually buy paperbacks myself, but sometimes I can find the hardbacks I like on clearance or a really good sale. Last week our Books a Million had 40% off selected new titles. If it is a book that I know will get a lot of use at home I go ahead and buy hardback. If not, paperback or read it at the library.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 3:02 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • either
    local st vincient de paul once in a while has a sale
    all the books you can fit into a paperbag for three dollars
    My record is 83
    a lot of thin easy read toddler books, but did get some for myself too

    still 83 books for 3 bucks!!
    now THAT is a contest I could get into

    Answer by fiatpax at 3:06 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I usually hit up my local used bookstore - I have turned in books there, so I have credit with them. Say I turned in 3 paperbacks that have retail prices of $8. I get the $12 credit, b/c they sell their books 1/2 retail. So, I want a book (srp is $8), their price is $4, but I can use my credit and get the book for $2. I read a lot, and I dont like to re-read (I already know what happens, duh! Its like re-watching a movie!) so this works really well for me!!

    Answer by MunchiesMom324 at 3:14 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Oh, but I go paperback, usually. Unless the book I want REALLY REALLY bad is only hardcover. Then I can still get it for $5 instead of $20. Sweetness.

    Answer by MunchiesMom324 at 3:15 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I go to the library. I see no point in spending $20-30 on a book I am only going to read once. I put myself on the waiting list for a book as soon as I hear it is coming out. That way I can get it right away. IF I am going to buy a book, I will get paperbacks.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 4:20 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Either, it just depends. I'm not really picky. I might buy paperback because its cheaper one day and buy hardback because I love the series or author the next - or I'll buy whatever they have available at the time.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:04 PM on Jul. 2, 2010