Tuesday Talks #6 – Do you keep both a hard back and soft back of the same titles?

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Comments (10)
  1. No, I dont think I would. Because I like everything digital. However if you're a big fan and collector, I could understand if that's the case. It al depends on your own preference 🙂

  2. I also love Neil Gaiman. The first book I read from him was “Snow Glass Apples” from literature class back in college. It’s basically a retake on the Snow White fairytale. I also loved watching Coraline the movie!

  3. I stick to 1 copy. With books, I just have 1 copy of every book I own. But I can imagine someone might want to have more. Mainly when other versions have something special or extra. I agree with you on the digital version vs the physical collection. When I really love a bok, I'll always a physical one as well. Same for movies/ series. Even though it's on Netflix: If I love it, I'll buy it on dvd!

  4. Morag says:

    For “books to read”, I’m a one-copy gal, usually paperback so I can pass it on to relatives who like to read in bed, or else a Kindle version for voluminous things I want to read on transit or my lunch-hour.

    I’m also a librarian/bibliographer/collector, however, so I have collecting interests where I’ll buy multiple editions and formats. For instance, I have a very completist collection of the novels of D.K. Broster, with every title appearing several times, in variant dust jackets, first editions, first *signed* editions, collected editions of short stories and stray appearances of those same stories in periodicals – you name it. Strangely enough, the only format I have no Broster in is e-blook, maybe because no-one’s bothered to issue any yet. (She’s a pretty minor novelist, but she died in 1950, which means she’s out of copyright in Canada, but maybe not in the States until 2020).

    Oops, way TMI! 🙂

    1. Nya says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your experience with us! No TMI at all 🙂 I thought it was very interesting that you have such a nice collection of something you are passionate about. That’s definitely the reasoning behind the soft / hardcover deal debate.

  5. I limit myself to one copy, but I’m thinking of getting a second copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (with the original cover) because I have this weird dislike of second edition covers. Interesting post 🙂

  6. Neri Ann says:

    I love ebooks too! Though I sill prefer the smell of the books and it really feels great while you are flipping the pages. I think I’d prefer to have the hard back copies but from time to time I can also read via ebooks if I can afford a book.

  7. theresa says:

    Honestly, it’s a no but when I already got a paperback then if I found a hardbound which is on sale, I can’t help but get one. I had T’is both in paper back and hard bound. I think I also have one of Sparks book in both but I forgot what particular book.

  8. ROBERT LEE says:

    I have always loved books. Did you know that I used to cut classes, go to a bookstore, and read books because I couldn’t afford to buy books??? Ironic isn’t it? So when I was able to save money to buy books, that’s what I did. I could only look at hard bound copies and learned to ignore because they are more expensive.

    It was until we have our children and they both have allergy rhinitis that I got rid of books by donating. Since then, I only have a few paperbacks given to me as gifts. The books I have on leadership and business, autographed, I gave to my niece. I stick to Kindle now.

  9. This is an interesting question and I do think that even if you have an ebook copy of a book, there is nothing quite like own a hard copy of the book. For one, it takes up beautiful space on your bookshelf. Also, there is something nice about the tangibility of a hard copy book. Most importantly, though, for me, is cover.

    The cover of a book is always changing. It comes out first as hard cover. Then it goes to paperback after a year or so, which offers a new cover style. Then if there is a reboot or a movie adaptation, there will be another cover. (Though this last one is absolutely blasphemous in my book-lover mind. -.-)

    However, owning multiple copies of a book has a whole new perspective when you speak multiple languages. The only book I currently own as a multiple copy (and they’re not exactly the same book, but by the same author and carrying the same stories) is The Brother’s Grimm tales because I wanted them in German but I was gifted a copy in English (by people who don’t speak German.) In this case, I have two copies of many of the stories in those books. Yet, they have different meanings for me as a reader when I read them in separate languages.

    Though, I must say in general, I don’t like to keep second copies of books. This is especially hard for me if I have one book in the series as a paperback and the others as hard cover because I like them all to match. But I won’t go buy new copies of old books if I already have them because I only care about the particular copy that I actually read. I don’t feel an attachment to a book I haven’t flipped through and spent time on. So, even if I bought a matching copy for the series, I wouldn’t end up getting rid of the original non-matching copy anyway. Does that make sense?

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