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Format – Booking Through Thursday

OMG! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. That’s the beauty of a Monday holiday – the week just flies by!

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

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?

It appears after much thought that I will need two libraries, or better yet, one magic library. Here’s why: I prefer paperbacks to read but hardcovers to look at. Have you tried to read a really thick hardcover, such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows? It makes my arms/hands hurt. Perhaps I’m a wimp, but I don’t like that. I prefer the lighter and more flexible paperbacks; I can bend the cover,Β wear in the book…there’s something slightly more interactive (for lack of a better word) about paperbacks.

But if I had my druthers, my library would be hardbacks. They’re nicer to look at. And I don’t mind reading them.

So how about a magic library? Where the book becomes a paperback for reading and a hardback for display?

What do you think? I’m sure you’ve answered this question on your own blog, but I’d really love it if you left a note here…I’ll come visit you, I promise!

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30 Responses to “Format – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Thomma Lyn

    Ha, I like how you think! I also thought about practicality vs. aesthetics for my answer. And not dropping hardback books on my head! LOL! πŸ™‚

    Happy BTT!


  2. madi

    I like a magic library!


  3. Melody

    I’m with you, Trish! A magic library will be great!
    Happy BTT! πŸ™‚


  4. Maree

    And hardbacks are harder to read when there’s a cat smooching the book. But I love the magic library idea!


  5. joanna

    I think your magic library would be a hit! Maybe you should start working on developing it… πŸ˜‰


  6. lisamm

    Yes! That’s what I want, a magic library!! For all the same reasons, too.


  7. Aria

    A magic library seems to be completely within the rules, at least to me.

    I didn’t think about the weight of them in my answer but then again, I don’t think I have ever been bothered enough by it.


  8. Kat

    I agree. Hardbacks to collect, paperbacks to read. Hehehe. *sigh* If only it’s possible without spending so much ahaha.


  9. Nithin

    Good idea, that one. I mean, hardbacks for display and paperbacks for reading. A library with lots of hardcovers definitely looks better than one with paperbacks. πŸ™‚

    Happy BTT!


  10. Ann Darnton

    The important thing for me is how well they stay open when I’m reading and eating at the same time.


  11. mervih

    I’m mostly happy with paperbacks. How about a magic library that makes the books audio, too, when needed?

    <Edited by Trish: This is brilliant! Now you’ve got me thinking…>


  12. Marianne

    Sounds about right! LOL…

    Happy BTT!


  13. Amy(The Sleepy Reader)

    Love the magic library idea. I had much the same answer as yours.


  14. Lezlie

    Count me in on the magic library, too! Especially with the audiobook option. . . πŸ™‚



  15. ravenous reader

    I agree with Anne – propping them open on the table is always a challenge πŸ™‚

    But I do like hardcover books for the look and feel, even though paperbacks are definitely easier to handle. I have trouble holding the chunksters too!


  16. gautami

    Magic Library..I too like the idea!

    Booking through format


  17. Idaho Gal

    I agree, hardbacks are better looking!


  18. Becca

    Yes, the magic library for me too please!

    The trouble with the large hard covers (like Harry Potter) is reading in bed when you have to hold up the book. I don’t mind them when I’m sitting up and can prop the book on my lap or a table. But it does wear down your thumb and wrists to hold those big daddies up!


  19. Mo

    obviously, a magic library is the answer! I’ll have one too, please!


  20. chartroose

    Hardback, and the bigger and heavier the better! There’s nothing more comforting than toting and reading a huge meaty tome. This almost sounds obscene…


  21. softdrink

    Excellent idea…I want one where the books magically appear.


  22. jeane

    I always thought the Potter books were too heavy. If they made the font-size and line-spacing a bit smaller, the books could be half the size! and still perfectly legible!


  23. CJHill

    I wasn’t clever enough to think of having two copies of each book but that seems to be the best answer. One to tote and one to keep.



  24. tanabata

    I love your idea of the magic library! Cause I completely agree. Prefer to read the trade paperbacks but the hardbacks do look so pretty on the shelves!


  25. Erin

    See you sound like me. Hardcovers are just so much more awkward to read!


  26. Literary Feline

    I bought a paperback copy of The Historian as soon as it came out even though I had the hardcover version sitting on my shelf since it was first released. I didn’t want to lug such a big book to work and back every day.


  27. Tammy

    I’ve always wanted one of those libraries full of leather-bound books, all the same size, they look so elegant and suits my neatness bug. So my magic library needs that option:-) And I love the audio option, but can we tweak it so that we can choose the reader’s voice?


  28. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I’m amazed at how many of us are saying the same thing about this week’s question.

    Btw, I gave up on Atonement, too. It was WAY too literary for me.


  29. Sally906

    LOL – I like the idea of a magic library πŸ™‚


  30. mellymel

    I’m with you, since price is not a factor, I’d have one of each. πŸ™‚ A copy for “display” and a copy to loan and bend and love.


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