Booking Through Thursday — Format

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? – BTT

Hardcovers. I know. I’m such a traditionalist, but they even smell differently in their new conditions. For paperbacks, I only really like trade paperbacks because the covers are more durable and the paper less cheap. In the end, portability of paperbacks is not always my priority as I tend to do a lot of my leisure reading at home where I snuggle up with a big book. I like books that last a long time. For centuries even and hard cover, acid free paper is probably where it’s at. This is why I love the Everyman’s Library editions.