When a movie comes out, many people don’t bother watching it in theatres and instead opt to go for the DVD, saying, “I’ll just wait for the DVD to come out”, either because it’s not “theatre-material” or because they want to watch it, but are not so excited about it to the extent that they’d buy tickets for it. I’m more or less the same way with books.
Many books, when first published, come out in hardcover form, or else in large paperback form, and as we all know, these are generally more expensive than regular paperbacks/pocketbooks. I’m not a cheap person, and I spend a lot of money on books every month, but my logic is that with the money I spend to buy a single hardcover, I can probably buy 2 or 3 paperbacks.
For example, I’ve been hearing a lot about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but I’ve been reluctant about buying it because a) it has always been in large paperback or hardcover, and b) I’ve never read anything by Erin Morgenstern; I wasn’t ready to shell out money on her just yet. Yesterday, however, I came across the pocketbook version and I was all, “Yes! Finally!” and bought it without a moment’s hesitation. I also bought the paperback version of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, which was placed right next to its hardcover version… not a very good strategic move, because anyone could see that the two were exactly the same, with a considerable difference in price. There’s another book I’ve been wanting to read but I’m holding out until I get the paperback version – Stephen King’s 11/22/63. The hardcover is not cheap, and I’m always tentative when it comes to Stephen King books.
The only books I’ve ever bought in hardcover form were the Harry Potter books, because, like everyone else, I could not wait to read them, and I was not about to wait months before I could pick up a copy. Oh, and there was another book titled The Floating Islands, but I actually didn’t realise I was ordering a hardcover, haha.
These days more people are leaning towards ebooks (cheaper, easy to store, etc), but I don’t think I’ll be making that transition. There’s a certain appeal to the cool gadgets and being able to save as many books as you want, but I will never get over that awesome feeling of holding an actual book between my hands, the quiet rustle of paper… nothing compares. I don’t dislike ebooks, and I do read them occasionally, but paperbacks will always come first.
<shameless plug> Though speaking of ebooks, I’m giving away three copies of Puppet Parade here in case you missed it. You still have until Tuesday to enter! </shameless plug>
Anyway, what do you readers prefer? Do you pick out paperbacks or hardcovers? Also, am I the only one who takes font size into consideration when purchasing books? I absolutely don’t like large fonts or books where lines are too spaced out.