So, I looked at a Kindle yesterday and in one instant I decided it wasn’t for me. There is something about holding a real book in my hands that I just can’t get from an electronic device. Oh, I see all the great things about it, but the pluses weren’t enough to sway me to buy one. The experience did leave me with the question running around in my mind – since I don’t like electronic reading devices, what do I prefer to read . . . hardbacks or paperbacks?
Without a doubt, hardbacks are my favorite. Hardbacks are ‘classic’ and they represent to me the ‘first print.’ Paperbacks have always seemed to me to be the ‘re-release’ of the book world, you know, like the dollar movie on its second and third run. I know a lot of folks love paperbacks and there is nothing wrong with them. I own quite a few, but I really like the weight, the meat of a hardback. I also like the way they look on my book shelves. 🙂
I also like to collect books and am lucky to own several hardbacks with suede, leather, and engraved covers. They’re old and beautiful to look at. You just can’t get that with a paperback.
What about you? Which do you prefer and why?