Re-evaluating Book Editions

This “entry by Brandon Sanderson”:http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog.php?date=1168239600 stands in sharp relief to my little “mini-rant”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/2006/12/31/adverse-book-sizes/ the other day. Coupled with “Bryan Catherman’s comment”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/2006/12/31/adverse-book-sizes/#comment-8991 and I am forced to step back and re-examine the issue.

Now, I’ve always preferred hardcovers. I like their solidity and durability, but in recent years I’ve fallen back on paperbacks due to a notable shortage of spare change. But by the same token, being the book snob that I am, I’ve been remiss in my ‘obligation’ to purchase books that will actually weather the years well. And it also only makes sense that if I like a book enough to buy it, I should be willing to support the authors whose writing I so enjoy by purchasing the hardcover edition and be willing to sacrifice quantity for quality. If I were in their shoes (and I do hope I am one day), I know _I’d_ prefer my readers to buy the edition that puts more money in my pocket.

I’m willing to admit I was hasty in my previous rant. I’ll be taking a closer look at both hardcovers and tradeback in the future. It’s the least I can do, right?

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