Question of the Day

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When your favorite author releases a new title, do you run out and buy the hardcover or wait for the softcover?

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11 Responses to Question of the Day

  1. Joy says:

    I rush out and buy the hard cover for Stephen King and Danielle Steele. I’ll buy the hard cover of a few others but I don’t seek them out, it’s purely a coinkydink.

  2. SKL says:

    I rarely if ever buy hardcovers that aren’t on a super-deep discount. I guess patience is one of my virtues – at least, when it comes to fiction.

    When each Harry Potter came out after I started reading them, it was hard to wait, but I was strong. With the very last one, I was dating the only man in the world who is cheaper than me. So he gave me the idea of borrowing it from the library. I wonder why I didn’t just do that with all of them.

  3. Softcover, baby! LOL :^) I get mostly hardcover from the publishers for my reviews . . . and did I mention I get them free? I know, I’m such a cad.

  4. Laura says:

    I will rush to the library to read Nora Roberts, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Janet Evanovich. Nora Roberts and Vince Flynn, I’ll often wait for the softcover because I’ll buy those and read them multiple times. Thor and Evanovich I’ll get through the library – there are just too many “Stephanie Plum” novels (the numbered ones by Janet Evanovich, and they’re hilarious) – to go out and buy them and store them. They’re good enough for me to re-read, but I’ll just borrow them.

    Harry Potter is different. After reading the first one, I knew this was a series that I would read again and again, so I went out and bought them. I’ve read the first one a good 7 times, and the others one less on through the last one, which I’ve read twice… re-reading the series as a new ‘chapter’ was released. And then I got Steve hooked on them, so he read them several times, too, before he went blind. Now that first volume is so worn and battered, I’m going to have to have it re-bound or buy a replacement!

  5. SKL says:

    It’s rare for me to re-read fiction. Even if I buy a book, I will read it and then give it to someone. I will probably re-read H.P. when my kids are old enough to read them alongside of me. Same with the Little House books (which I did re-read as a kid), and a lot of other great classic literature. Gosh, I hope at least one of my kids likes the books I like.

    • Laura says:

      I must be weird (and yes, I know that just opens me up to all kinds of comments). I’m finding more and more people who say that once they’ve read a book, they *can’t* go back and read it again. I never understood that. I’ve got books that I’ve read multiple times. People watch TV shows and movies over and over again all the time, because for them, those shows and movies are classics. Why not the same thing with books?

      • SKL says:

        I won’t re-watch most movies, either. I do make some exceptions, e.g., the Wizard of Oz (though now that my kids have watched it dozens of times, I think the charm might have worn off even that).

        For me, once I know what’s going to happen, I don’t feel like taking the time to re-live it. My mom and sisters do like to re-read / re-watch, though, so maybe I’m the weird one. I figure there are so many books out there that I haven’t read, why keep re-reading the ones I have? However, there are some non-fiction books I will re-read (or plan to) in order to make sure the message sticks.

    • Joy says:

      I re-read books all the time. Once I read a book, if it’s really good I keep it. If I didn’t care that much for it, I donate it somewhere or give it away. Because I do read so many books, after a certain amount of time I can’t remember what’s going to happen. I mean, after 20 years, I have no idea what’s going to happen. I forget all the “fine” points. I’ve read all Danielle Steel’s books and about 5 years ago I started them all over. There’s no way given the amount of books she’s written that I can remember them all.

  6. Jason says:

    I don’t normally buy the hardcovers if they are not on the bargain racks, but I did pre-order the newest Vince Flynn book along with ordering some of his past books. Another writer I would buy hard cover books from is Bernard Cornwell, his Warlord series is the best Arthur series I have read. I do prefer to read out of the hard cover books because I find it easier to focus on the words.

  7. lucy says:

    I usually just go out an buy the hard cover if I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

  8. Nikki says:

    We mainly buy recycled for Bailey. I prefer getting him the hardcover b/c they are more 10 yr old boy proof. 🙂 The Diary of Wimpy Kids books, we bought right away as soon as they came out. He’s on his 5th Harry Potter, and we borrow those from the library or buy recycled. Recycled is the way to go, soft or hard cover!
    As for me, I go to Joys library of books! Which reminds me, I have to gather the ones I have read and give them back.

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