Monday Musings is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading.
This weeks Musing asks: Do you prefer hardcovers, trade paperbacks (the bigger ones), or mass market paperbacks (the smaller ones)? Why?
I definitely have the greatest affinity for trade paperbacks. When I was younger, I used to think hardbacks were the greatest thing. They were larger and prettier, and I loved the firmness of hardbacks, it felt much nicer to read than a bendy paperback. What really started to turn me off of hardbacks was the dust jackets. They are too easily damaged. Whenever I read a hardback now, I always remove the dust-jacket and put it away in a cupboard. Still, when I go to retrieve it at the end of my read, it is often warped or bent out of shape.
Mass market paperbacks don’t appeal to me at all. I know most books are eventually sold in this format, but I can’t help it, my brain has somehow gone and associated these books with authors for which I really don’t care. When I think mass market, I think of authors who publish a book per month or hundreds of titles in their lifetime. That just turns me off. Additionally, mass markets are always so compact and that means the number of pages can sometimes seem overwhelming.
No, there is no question about it, trade paperbacks are the way to go. They are light, without being too compact, there are no annoying dust-jackets with which to contend and the price is usually right, especially if you have the opportunity to pre-order.