A year ago almost to the day, I wrote an interesting post that gained a lot of attention and comments. That post was a bookish debate: hardback vs paperback, and it even sparked a special post with your comments!
Last time I wrote about this subject, I was pretty firmly #teamhardcover. A year on, I would go as far to say I’ve switched.
You see, I used to love hardcovers for the aesthetic feel. But now, I’m so used to paperbacks being more portable and more comfortable, I’d say I’m #teampaperback.
Again, let’s discuss the benefits of the two.
- Still more portable! Whenever I’m going away, I tend to take more paperbacks than hardcovers. Also, as a bookstagrammmer, it makes sense to take paperbacks out for photographing!
- Easier and lighter to hold. I love reading in lots of different places – including in the bath. And that is one place you really need a paperback for 😛
- Cheaper. There are cases when paperbacks can be so much cheaper, it’s an easy decision to make. As a student, I have to watch what I’m spending, and paperbacks definitely offer more value for money!
- No dust jackets. You know those covers that rip, tear and crease? The bane of a bookworms existence!
- Sooo aesthetically pleasing *swoon*. Yep, I’d still argue that they’re prettier, even if I love paperbacks a lot more than I did a year ago!
- Those hidden designs under the dust jacket…ah, such beauty
- Less likely to damage those beautiful spines
So it’s pretty safe to say I’m finding it harder to come up with the positives for hardcovers. Although I still love them dearly, and will consider purchasing one for a book I really, really loved, I now consider paperbacks a lot more than I used to! They’re easier, lighter, smaller, cheaper, and (most of the time) just as beautiful.
Which team are you on?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽