A Love Letter to Hardbacks…


Booking Through Thursday asked an interesting question this morning. The question was:

All other things being equal, what is your favorite format for reading? Hardcover? Paperback? New book? Old book? Leather-bound first edition? E-book?


Many charity shops find it difficult to sell hardback fiction – a fact that I find quite shocking! I love my beautiful hardbacks and will always buy a hardback version of a book I already have if I find one. There’s something satisfying about sitting with a thick hardback book on your knee and getting absorbed into the story. One author I always love in hardback is Stephen King and I will happily pay the £25 rather than waiting for the £6.99 paperback! If people prefer to buy paperbacks in charity shops though then all the more for me.

What is your favourite format for reading?


4 thoughts on “A Love Letter to Hardbacks…

  1. I’m the old-fashioned kind, too; as I mentioned at BTT, I like hardbacks with thick leather covers, sturdy pages, and that wonderful old-book smell. That said, most of my books are used paperbacks — but when I can find a quality hardback for a book I know I will re-read, I’ll do what it takes to get it.

  2. I love hardcover books, too, for the shelves…and trade paperbacks work for me as well. I don’t buy the mass market paperbacks…they are difficult to handle and impossible to shelve attractively.

    But here’s what I have been doing lately: MY BTT POST

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