Discussion Thursdays #1: Paperback or Hardback?

I always am asking myself the question: Should I get a hardback or paperback version of a book? This is the reason I have half hardback and half paperbacks on my shelf. And partially because paperback are so much more expensive than paperbacks so I have a bit more paperbacks than I do hardbacks.

Lets compare the pros and cons, shall we?

Paperback Books


  • Cheaper Than Hardbacks
  • Easier To Travel With
  • Easier To Read With (Easier To Bend, Hold, Carry, etc.)


  • Waaaay Easier To Damage the Spine, Cover, Pages, etc.
  • Doesn’t Looks As Great On The Shelf (Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOVE paperbacks on my shelf just as much as hardbacks also but sometimes hardbacks have super pretty dustjackets!)

Hardback Books


  • Better Looking On YourShelf
  • Less Likely To Damage The Spines
  • The Surprises On The Actual Book Under The Dustjackets (I LOVEEEE THIS!)


  • Waaaay More Expensive Than Paperback
  • Paper Cover Can Rip
  • Less Portable Than APaperback Book
  • Heavier Than A Paperback
  • Less Comfortable To Read With The Dustjacket Coming Off

Overall, I think I like paperbacks more than hardcovers but I loooove hardcovers also so this is a super hard choice aha!

What do you prefer? Hardbacks or paperbacks? Leave your answer in the comments!


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