Monday, October 18, 2010

Musing Monday...Before I Hit the Highway...

As I mention at the end of this post, I am out of here in a minute, but first let's check out this weeks Musing Monday question from MizB Should Be Reading...

This week’s musing asks…

Do you prefer hardcovers, trade paperbacks (the bigger ones), or mass market paperbacks (the smaller ones)? Why?

Well, it depends. If it is a book that I might want to keep, put on the bookshelf, then I like a hardcover. Yes, they are heavy and too big to usually carry with you. But I like how they look and I like that they often will stay open when you put them on a table.

But quite honestly, for ease of reading, I have to go with a trade paperback. Much nicer to hold, much easier to slip in a bag to carry with you. But even if I am not sure it is true, they feel less sturdy and long lasting than a hardback. Of course that raises the question of why I am keeping them. You nay remember that I said recently that I am not a bib re-reader of why do I have hundreds and hundreds of them in my house?
That is a question for another day....

Mass market paperback I do not like at all. They are too thick, they do not stay open easily when you hold them and it always feel like a fight to hold them. And talk about fragile...I have had pages start to come out of mass market paperbacks. The price! When did that happen? The price of mass market editions used to be cheap but now they almost approach the price of hardbacks.

On another subject, I just want to mention that I am out of here for a week, starting in 5 minutes. I am heading down to Tennessee and North Carolina and Virginia to check out Dollywood and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I will have my wee net book and my internet capable phone, but I am not sure if I will have internet access in the mountains...or desire to post. :-)
So I might just disappear for a few days.....


  1. I agree the price of mass market editions are getting more and more expensive nowadays!

    Hope you've fun in those places you visit!

  2. Have a happy and enjoyable vacation.

  3. I don't like mass market paperbacks at all either! Have a great time on your trip!

  4. I used to have a lot of mass market paperbacks, but at some point, I started collecting the others. When I moved, I got rid of most of the mass markets...don't like the way they look on the shelves and they're pretty battered after one reading.

    Here's what I wrote:

    Click on my name....

  5. Poo for mass market paperbacks. I can't remember the last time I bought one..probably when I was at the used book store. I think the best bet are trade paperbacks. Or even better yet, my Kindle.

    Have a great trip. It should be an absolutely beautiful time of year to visit.

  6. Hope you have/had a great trip.

    As for format....I too prefer hardbacks, but they take up LOTS of room. The e-reader is looking better all the time. I have shelves designed for the specific heights of mass-markets, so I can get a lot of bang for the buck....they're especially good for 'lending' to guests when you don't really care if you get them back.

  7. I don't like mass market paperbacks, either. They smell funny.

  8. I will certainly day hello to Dolly if I see her.

    Tina, you won't sell me on those evil least not ones I have to pay for!

  9. I'm a trade paperback fan myself. They are always more appealing ... and I always think they are a "better quality" of books (to read).

    Have fun on your trip! I'm sure you'll have a bunch of wonderful photos to share when you get back.

  10. Have a relaxing get away. The idea of that sounds wonderful.

  11. I prefer mass market. Have a great trip!


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