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Qweeg
23-03-2004, 14:15:42
They're too big, they're too heavy, you can't exactly pull one of your napsack and have a read on the tube without feeling like a semi-autistic or completely pretencious tosser.

Hardbacks suck and they are needlessly expensive, which is puzzling considering they suck.

Discuss?

Funkodrom
23-03-2004, 14:30:16
Hardbacks rule because they are big heavy and expensive, like a guitar.

Eklektikos
23-03-2004, 14:36:54
I'm not sure increased sustain is necessarily something I look for in my reading matter, but whatever floats your boat...

King_Ghidra
23-03-2004, 15:31:33
i bought 'earth: an intimate history' from amazon, a geological thing, and i forgot it was a hardback. It arrived yesterday - it's liek a brick. I hate hardbacks, how am i going to read that in the bath?

BigGameHunter
23-03-2004, 15:39:09
Your local thrift store will sell you hardbacks for pennies on the dollar--all the heft and none of the expense.

And KG, you really should put some sort of footnote on that quote! :)

Qweeg
23-03-2004, 16:10:56
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
i bought 'earth: an intimate history' from amazon, a geological thing, and i forgot it was a hardback. It arrived yesterday - it's liek a brick. I hate hardbacks, how am i going to read that in the bath?

You could injure youself, you could injure your wrist! Damned bastard hardbacks.

Funkodrom
23-03-2004, 16:12:26
I really like hardbacks. Weaklings.

Venom
23-03-2004, 16:13:43
You can injure others with hardbacks. Which is awesome.

Qweeg
23-03-2004, 16:38:05
Originally posted by Funkodrom
I really like hardbacks. Weaklings.

You only like them because your wrists are powerful and well-developed.

Qweeg
23-03-2004, 16:39:10
Originally posted by Venom
You can injure others with hardbacks. Which is awesome.

yes, that's true, hardbacks are good for throwing at people with intent to cause injury.

BigGameHunter
23-03-2004, 16:40:04
Just one.

Qweeg
23-03-2004, 16:48:51
sorry, hardbacks are good for throwing at people with intent to cause injuries.

Scabrous Birdseed
23-03-2004, 17:09:34
I think people with intent to cause injuries deserve getting books thrown at them.

Venom
23-03-2004, 17:47:35
Go on. Throw it. I DARE YOU!

zmama
23-03-2004, 19:11:13
Throw em this way...I'll sell em if they're any good

MOBIUS
14-04-2004, 01:10:14
Philistine, you could at least read them first!

RedFred
14-04-2004, 21:23:28
I am okay with big books but less so with big (font) words. I reserved a book from the library that turned out to be extra large irritating type for the almost blind. The book was almost painful to read.

The Mad Monk
20-04-2004, 15:00:00
Hardbacks rule because they don't turn into brittle brown confetti inside of thirty years.

Qweeg
20-04-2004, 17:52:47
How old are you anyway?

The Mad Monk
20-04-2004, 18:57:03
Thirty-seven.

...and thirty years is for total disintegration. Losing covers, random pages, and splitting down the spine into two or more separate pieces all come earlier.

Sir Penguin
20-04-2004, 20:30:17
Not if you don't read them.

SP

Nav
20-04-2004, 21:45:07
hardcover books with boxes rule. ;)

The Mad Monk
21-04-2004, 03:55:26
That just goes without saying. :)

alsieboo
22-04-2004, 01:05:49
Originally posted by Qweeg
You only like them because your wrists are powerful and well-developed.

:lol: shouldn't that be 'over developed' ;)

Help TCO
14-07-2004, 22:40:50
Why do you care what people think of you as you read on the tube? What are you, a pussy?

Angelhorns
15-07-2004, 00:41:02
hardbacks are only good for reference books and gift books

Greg W
15-07-2004, 06:02:32
Hardcovers rock. Those that don't get them are just mentally (or physically - or both) challenged. :p

Sir Penguin
15-07-2004, 07:50:15
I like hardbacks because they're sorted at the library. :)

SP

Funkodrom
15-07-2004, 08:02:17
Hardbacks are proper books. Paperbacks are just cheap throwaway immitations.

Nav@work
15-07-2004, 12:32:34
Hardbacks last forever*

* possibly not true

Darkstar
15-07-2004, 19:07:39
Originally posted by The Mad Monk
Hardbacks rule because they don't turn into brittle brown confetti inside of thirty years.

Doesn't that depend on the glues (and other things) they use in the book? I remember reading how the common hardback is now made with the same stuff that paperbacks are, meaning that in 15 years, it would be trash regardless of usage or care.

Angelhorns
17-07-2004, 20:45:42
Originally posted by Funkodrom
Hardbacks are proper books. Paperbacks are just cheap throwaway immitations.

that is true, but then you dont mind if you drop your cheap throwaway in the bath, or leave it on the train, or get chocolate cake smeared on page 227. I have some really nice Folio society hardbacks which were presents from my dad on significant birthdays and I wouldn't dream of taking them in the bath, whereas my copy of Bridget Jones is hardly precious, so maybe purpose should determine format?

Angelhorns
17-07-2004, 20:47:20
what about e-books?
I hate them- I cannot read Dickens from a laptop! Part of the pleasure of reading for me is the physical nature of paper. I'd kill to own a bookshop or a stationers!

JM^3
17-07-2004, 20:54:12
same here

JM

Darkstar
19-07-2004, 20:13:12
E-books are much more portable then hardbacks though. I can keep a library of over 100 books in my Pocket PC easy. And that means that I always have stuff ready for me to read whenever I get stuck in "waiting time".

Angelhorns
19-07-2004, 23:54:57
but there's no soul and lots of typos

Angelhorns
19-07-2004, 23:55:21
like Jon Miller :)

Darkstar
20-07-2004, 03:09:06
:lol:

Well, if the writing is really good, it always has a soul. :)

But I know what you mean. There are just times that the tactile feel of a book in your hand just makes it so much nicer. And the smell of fresh print of a new book...

The Mad Monk
20-07-2004, 04:01:35
Originally posted by Darkstar
Doesn't that depend on the glues (and other things) they use in the book? I remember reading how the common hardback is now made with the same stuff that paperbacks are, meaning that in 15 years, it would be trash regardless of usage or care.

It's certainly more complex than it used to be. I own a number of softback books that are technically paperbacks, but are of a quality exceeding that of the "common hardback". There are a number of cheap hardbacks on the market nowadays, but you can usually tell them at a glance. I never buy those.