Books are all about the story, but when you fall in love with books as physical objects TOO, it makes things more difficult. As a teen and in my early twenties, my book buying method consisted of going to Chapters, browsing the backs of books and finding one that suited my mood. I stayed away from hardcovers because I knew I couldn`t afford them anyways.
Now, because of Goodreads, being in the industry and a part of a tremendous blogging community, my book buying methods have been altered significantly. Now, I know about a book I want to read before it is even released and suck it up when I have to purchase the hardcover for $20-35. If I bought one book a month, it wouldn`t matter as much -- but this is not the case.
So now, as Christmas nears and I feel selfish just thinking about buying myself a book, I am feeling the hardcover blues. Tomorrow, my boyfriend and I leave on a train to Montreal for a few days, will train back, and then drive to my family`s home in Niagara. All that traveling a moving around will require reading material and although I have tons of books to read already, a spectacular review of Anna Dressed In Blood from the Nocturnal Library has me counting my pennies. Then I stop when I notice it is in hardcover and Shatter Me is in paperback. Though Anna Dressed In Blood seems more my thing, the extra $9 and weight of the book actually has me reconsidering. Shatter Me has been on my to-read list for ages, but when I noticed it was in paperback, I decided -- yes, I would buy it!
Knowing I have to travel and transport gifts as part of my luggage, toting around a few hardcovers seems a pain. I also miss the malleability of a paperback and the ability to pull the covers wide open and dive right into the text. I always find myself fumbling with the hardcovers more. Though this stuff really shouldn`t matter -- it is starting to! Hardcovers are beautiful on the shelf, but this doesn`t mean much to me at all. I will proudly display a torn up paperback just as easily as a pristine hardcover.
I know the answer to the problem would be an eReader and though I have tried, it just doesn't do it for me! I am a paper lover through-and-through. What about you? Do you have a preferred reading format?