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    The Book Blogger Buzz Tour: ‘Hardcover vs. Paperback’ Guest Post + Kindle Fire Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be a part of The Book Blogger Buzz Tour this July and I’m even more thrilled to be able to host Jenna of Jenna Does Books on the blog today. I love the interesting topics each of the participating bloggers are buzzing about, and it was a lot of fun to be able to share my thoughts earlier this month.

    If you’d like to know a bit more about what this is all about, be sure to visit Parajunkee’s blog and read the post (HERE) to learn more. And if you’d like to check out each of the stops on the tour, I’ve included direct links to each day’s post in the schedule at the very end of this one.

    For her stop on the blog today, Jenna will be talking HARDCOVER VS. PAPERBACK and as she mentions, she is an “extremely biased reader” as am I. I much prefer the hardcover to the paperback. And while I do love trade paperbacks, I still prefer those lovely hardcovers much, much more.

    But today’s not about what I like. It’s about Jenna’s preference and so I’ll be turning the blog over to her in just a moment.

    First, though, I’d like to mention that this Buzz Tour also includes a seriously awesome giveaway, which you can enter in the giveaway form following Jenna’s post.

    Well, I think I’ve got everything covered, so let me step back and turn things over to Jenna.

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    The Guest Post

    Hardcover vs. Paperback?
    An Extremely Biased Reader’s Point-of-View

    For the first time in forever, books are being read on something other than paper. Now they are enjoyed electronically thanks to modern technology and the changing habits of man. As a result, the battle between “hardcover versus paperback” is less relevant than in the past. Instead, people are saying “physical versus e-book?” No matter… Today’s debate will take us back to a time when Kindles, Nooks, iPads and PDF readers were the last thing on any reader’s mind. (Do you even remember such a time?)

    In our technologically driven society, publishers are using any means possible to make their physical books more attractive to buyers. As a “traditional” reader, I can appreciate the attention and care given to physical books. I love how they look on my bookshelves. I’m only human. The prettier something is, the more we tend to like it, yes? Especially when it comes to those things we choose to spend our hard-earned money on.

    After scrutinizing my bookshelves, it is overwhelmingly clear that I’m a hardcover hoarder. By my very nature, I turn my head away and scoff when a book is offered to me in paper format. “But why?!” you ask? Especially when one can save money by purchasing paperbacks? Well, why indeed… Could it be the heft and larger size of the hardcovers that appeals to me? Is it the durability and (potentially) extended life of the book? Or is my hard bound preference shallowly based on physical appearance alone? Well, yes and no… It is because of all these things and more.

    Under the dust jacket

    Though many of you have heard this term before, allow me introduce you to something we book nerds like to call “book undressing”…

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    …It’s what happens when you look under the dust jacket. (Behind the scenes note: I felt so dirty while prepping this post – with stacks and stacks of books all around me… just sitting there… waiting to be undressed. Why must it feel so… wrong?)

    But seriously, if you look under the dust jacket of a hardcover book, you’ll discover many amazing things!

    Peek-a-boo covers

    I love it when a book’s dust jacket is die-cut to show part of the bindery.  You don’t even have to open the book for the story to begin. Sometimes the effect is used to give a cover some dimension, other times it’s like a Hallmark card in book form, purely for the sake of creativity and “art”. Whatever the reason, the effect is fun to look at and a nice surprise when found on the shelves of a bookstore.

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    When the bindery is the cover

    Some of my favorite children’s books contain no dust cover whatsoever. When extra creative attention is given to the bindery of the book, it can provide you with many joys; such as a sleek design, no added worries of unintentionally ripping the dust cover and damaging the outward appearance of your book and/or a texture that cannot otherwise be provided with standard cover stock. In recent years, this has been a common binding practice, especially when it comes to classic works of fiction. Maybe it’s a throwback to the days when books had no dust jackets?

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    Then again, there are times when publishers elect to forgo standard cover stock altogether and instead imply texture on alternative dust covers.

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    So soft… Cover stroking is a necessity.

    Imprinted inside

    Almost every hardcover has some sort of attention given to their bindery. Whether it’s fancy text on the spine, beautifully designed end papers, or an imprinted image on the front – there’s always something. That’s part of the fun of buying a book; taking it apart (not literally) and seeing what’s inside, beyond the words…

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    …Even better when an author decides to “deface” a book as a signature practice.

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    The king (or queen?) of hardcover design

    As far as young adult books are concerned, Harlequin Teen is undoubtedly the most creative when it comes to the design of their covers. The majority of their recent releases all look fantastic on the outside…

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    And on the inside!

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    I’d love to see more publishers using the same strategy in the design of their books.

    A matching set

    Although paperback series are more likely to be more consistent throughout the duration of its release, when a publisher gets the design right the first time in hardcover, the final result can be glorious. Little differences in design and consistency can really set me off, though. Unfortunately, my bookshelves are a constant reminder that literature is also a means to making money for big business.

    My favorite completed hardcover set that was done 100% right is The Tiger’s Curse Saga by Colleen Houck. Observe:

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    Giving some credit to paperbacks where credit is due

    Although I have already admitted to being a hoarder of hardcovers, my shelf is not without the occasional paperback. Some titles just cannot be found in hardcover. To be honest, I will elect to buy a title on my Kindle rather than resort to setting a paperback on my shelf. That being said, one of my most prized possessions happens to be a paperback box set.

    So here it is. A lone paperback photo will finish off this post. All you paperback lovers out there – rejoice.

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    Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?

    What are some of your favorite hardcover and paperback books?

    Have you undressed a book today?


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    The Giveaway

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    Follow along this month’s Book Blogger Buzz Tour for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or the equivalent Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – winner’s choice.

    Enter below…


    The Tour Schedule
    Week One

    July 1st…

    Mama Kitty Reviews appears on Me and Reading
    TOPIC: Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing – the difference in reading for enjoyment and the toll that reading review copies has done to our hobby.

    July 2nd…

    Me and Reading appears on Contagious Reads
    TOPIC: Why are you a reader?

    July 3rd…

    Raw Books appears on Deliciously Wicked Books
    TOPIC: What I look for in the book blogs I follow.

    July 4th…

    Reading is My Treasure appears on Jenna Does Books
    TOPIC: What YA has taught me/how it has affected my life.

    Week Two

    July 7th…

    Chapter Break appears on Reading with ABC
    TOPIC: Ten reason you CAN’T read and you are dying on the inside.

    July 9th…

    Contagious Reads appears on Reading in Black & White **Posted July 11th**
    TOPIC: Organization tips and tricks.

    July 10th…

    Second Run Reviews appears on Bibliognome
    TOPIC: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.

    July 11th…

    Fiktshun appears on Once Upon a Twilight
    TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish others would stop “judging” other book bloggers on.

    Week Three

    July 14th…

    Bibliognome appears on Chapter Break
    TOPIC: You’ve been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character. What would the gnome be named and how would the story go?

    July 15th…

    Gwynn White appears on Reading is My Treasure
    TOPIC: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?

    July 16th…

    Reading with ABC appears on Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews
    TOPIC: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.

    July 17th

    Reading in Black & White appears on My Midnight Fantasies **Post Date TBD**
    TOPIC: What are those wonderful things you see in other bloggers’ reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other bloggers’ reviews?

    July 18th…

    Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews appears on Second Run Reviews
    TOPIC: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.

    Week Four

    July 21st…

    Parajunkee appears on Midnyte Reader
    TOPIC: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.

    July 22nd…

    Deliciously Wicked Books appears on Stephanie’s Book Reports
    TOPIC: After Fifty Shades, what’s the next big thing?

    July 23rd…

    Stephanie’s Book Reports appears on Raw Books
    TOPIC: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?

    July 24th…

    Janelle Reads appears on Parajunkee
    TOPIC: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?

    July 25th…

    Midnyte Reader appears on Harlequin Junkie
    TOPIC: Audiobooks vs. …regular books?

    Week Five

    July 28th…

    Jenna Does Books appears on Fiktshun
    TOPIC: Hardcover vs. Paperback.

    July 29th…

    Once Upon a Twilight appears on Gwynn White
    TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing.

    July 30th…

    My Midnight Fantasies appears on Mama Kitty Reviews
    TOPIC: My favorite animals to read about in fiction OR my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.

    July 31st…

    Harlequin Junkie appears on Janelle Reads
    TOPIC: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you’ve enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

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    The Book Blogger Buzz Tour is Coming Here in July!

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    I am super excited to be participating in this awesome tour in July, brought to you by the very amazing Rachel of Parajunkee’s View.

    What’s it all about?

    Beginning on July 1st, a group of book bloggers will be getting together to talk books, blogging and everything in between. That’s right. There will be a wide variety of book bloggers talking about a whole bunch of different topics. And we would love for you to follow the tour and join the conversation.

    There will also be the chance to win a Kindle Fire or the equivalent Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – winner’s choice.

    This tour is all about book bloggers promoting book bloggers. So if you’d like to get to know a few blogs you might not yet have discovered, be sure to check out all the stops on tour this July.


    The Tour Schedule
    Week One

    July 1st…

    Mama Kitty Reviews appears on Me & Reading
    TOPIC: Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing – the difference in reading for enjoyment and the toll that reading review copies has done to our hobby.

    July 2nd…

    Me & Reading appears on Contagious Reads
    TOPIC: Why are you a reader?

    July 3rd…

    Raw Books Online appears on Deliciously Wicked Books
    TOPIC: What I look for in the book blogs I follow.

    July 4th…

    Reading is My Treasure appears on Jenna Does Books
    TOPIC: What YA has taught me/how it has affected my life.

    Week Two

    July 7th…

    Chapter Break appears on Reading with ABC
    TOPIC: Ten reason you CAN’T read and you are dying on the inside.

    July 9th…

    Contagious Reads appears on Reading in Black & White
    TOPIC: Organization tips and tricks.

    July 10th…

    Second Run Reviews appears on Bibliognome
    TOPIC: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.

    July 11th…

    Fiktshun appears on Once Upon a Twilight
    TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish others would stop “judging” other book bloggers on.

    Week Three

    July 14th…

    Bibliognome appears on Chapter Break
    TOPIC: You’ve been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character. What would the gnome be named and how would the story go?

    July 15th…

    Gwynn White appears on Reading is My Treasure
    TOPIC: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?

    July 16th…

    Reading with ABC appears on Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews
    TOPIC: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.

    July 17th

    Reading in Black & White appears on My Midnight Fantasies
    TOPIC: What are those wonderful things you see in other bloggers’ reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other bloggers’ reviews?

    July 18th…

    Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews appears on Second Run Reviews
    TOPIC: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.

    Week Four

    July 21st…

    Parajunkee appears on Midnyte Reader
    TOPIC: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.

    July 22nd…

    Deliciously Wicked Books appears on Stephanie’s Book Reports
    TOPIC: After Fifty Shades, what’s the next big thing?

    July 23rd…

    Stephanie’s Book Reports appears on Raw Books Online
    TOPIC: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?

    July 24th…

    Janelle Reads appears on Parajunkee
    TOPIC: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?

    July 25th…

    Midnyte Reader appears on Harlequin Junkie
    TOPIC: Audiobooks vs. …regular books?

    Week Five

    July 28th…

    Jenna Does Books appears on Fiktshun
    TOPIC: Hardcover vs. Paperback.

    July 29th…

    Once Upon a Twilight appears on Gwynn White
    TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing.

    July 30th…

    My Midnight Fantasies appears on Mama Kitty Reviews
    TOPIC: My favorite animals to read about in fiction OR my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.

    July 31st…

    Harlequin Junkie appears on Janelle Reads
    TOPIC: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you’ve enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

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