All throughout the book community, there is often the discussion of what type of books people prefer. There are both pros and cons to buying hardcovers and paperbacks. Personally, I prefer paperbacks.
Paperbacks are, in general, cheaper than hardcover copies of books. I think that they’re easier to handle while reading, since there isn’t a cover jacket to worry about and they don’t weigh as much as hardcovers.
Paperbacks also tend to have flatter spines, since they don’t have cover jackets on them. To me, this makes more sense in terms of aesthetics’s on a bookshelf, but I know that a lot of readers prefer how hardcovers look on their shelves.
I have a bookcase, so it’s not really a shelf. I will be transferring my books over to actual shelves within the next few months, but as of right now I just have a bookcase with cubes, so maybe my opinion will change once I have that layout.
Hardcovers are more expensive than paperbacks, which is a negative. But then again, paperback editions usually come out a year after the hardcover is released, so usually I’ll just buy the hardcover if I’m desperate to read it.
Do you prefer hardcovers or paperbacks? Why? Let me know in the comments.