This week's question:
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?
I may well be in the reading minority here, but almost all of my books are trade paperbacks. A long time ago, many moons and all that, I bought quite a few remaindered hardbacks. I had some GREAT books in hardcover, and there was nothing more luscious, worth keeping and savoring. Then I discovered something disturbing. I never read them.
Sure, yeah, I would pick one up occasionally, but I found the discomfort of reading a hardcover completely alienating. They're hard to keep open, big, bulky, not well suited to an already overloaded purse or book bag. Blah blah blah. You get the point. And half the time I'd finish them and find they weren't worth keeping after all.
Pretty soon I started seeking out trade paperbacks at the used bookstore instead of my formerly awe-inducing hardcovers. To this day I'm a reformed reader, basking in the wonderment of an easy-to-carry, comfortable-to-read, and very sexy trade paperback.