Most of my birthday money has gone to books this year, and in my many hours at used book stores and Barnes and Noble, I’ve discovered one trending habit: I really like paperback books.
It’s not for the price (though that really helps), but rather for the sensation of having a paperback book in my hand. It’s just so much softer and bendy – the textures are better. I’m really sensitive to certain sensations (I could go on and on about that, but we’ll save it for another day. As an overall statement, I have issues with processing certain senses, most of all touch and sound). With a hardback book, you get that scratchy, rough thing after you’ve held the book for a certain amount of time. Ugh. Paperbacks, though, with variances for size and paper quality, are so much better.
And here’s where my sensation-hating self gets on her high horse: Why can’t we have paperbacks and hardbacks released at the same time, and keep them at an equal price? IE: $16 for the hardback, or $16 for the paperback – straight up. That way, the profits stay the same, but for people like me, we get the paperback immediately rather than having to wait months for it.
Case in point: I walked away from buying a book that I’ve really been wanting to read because it was hardback. I would have spent that $18 if it was paperback.
I rest my case.