Know Your Paperback In 2021

There are two kinds of readers in the world. Those who share and recommend their books to their friends or love exchanging their own books. Then there's the kind that do not like to give up their books to anyone because they hate the dog-eared pages and the pencil marks. 

The first kind is most likely to buy the paperback versions of the books they wish to read, and the second kind wants to take their hardback books to their grave or a museum. 

Here is what you need to know about the kind you can choose for your singular love of reading books. 

The paperback vs hardback books. 

If you are an avid book reader you will know that most of the books especially by renowned writers are first published in a hard back form and then, after some time, you have the paperback versions at your convenience too. 

Hardback books are published for various reasons. 

  • The foremost reason to make a hardcover also known as a hardback book is to make the book last a long time. Hardback books are usually made with archival grade paper or acid free paper along with thick cardboard for hard cover. 
  • The graphics along with texts on the thick bright white paper used in hardbound books are brighter and clearer as compared to the regular copy paper. This is the reason that justifies higher cost of the hardback edition printing. 
  • Hardback books last a long time and are  immensely durable as they are made of fantastic quality for readers pleasure while being just as profitable to the publishers. 
  • Most people who are book lovers or collectors choose the hardbound books in order to add the books to their collections. Publishers usually print limited copies of the hardbound books and then after the initial buzz created by the book, they move on to printing affordable paperback versions. 

Paperback usually refers to the softcover paper that is used to bind the books together with glue rather than string or staples.

  • A soft cover paper is usually used to make the paperback binding for the books that can be carried around. As the name suggests, soft covers, also known as paperback covers, are flexible and do not weigh as much as hardback books. 
  • Paperback paper or softcover is available in coated or uncoated versions, making it suitable for printing and tolerates light to moderate wear and tear. Fit for a lot of printing that requires covers such as reports, catalogs or brochures, cover paper is durable paper that is available in various thicknesses and finishes making it suitable for cost-effective paper covers. 
  • Paperback books are lighter to carry and are much more suitable for traveling while being highly affordable. If there is a particular book you are looking for, you are more likely to find the paperback version than a hardcover version because, as already mentioned, publishers are the hard back books in limited numbers.

How to make the right choice? 

Now that we have mentioned a few features of both kinds of books, here are a few pointers you can keep in mind to make your next purchase. 

  1. If you cannot afford the more expensive hardback release of a book, then wait for a bit for the paperback version for the simple pleasure of reading.
  2. Consider buying a hardback version only if you know that you are going to use the book extensively, such as an encyclopaedia, or would wish to keep the book in your personal library for a long time.
  3. When it comes to graphic novels or illustrated books, choose the hard back version of the book, as it will have the best quality of paper and colors of the original illustrations. 
  4. While choosing a book or a small guide that you wish to pack in your handbag and travel with, it's important to go with paperback versions as they are easy to bend, store and carry. 

At ThunderBolt papers, You will find cover paper in various thicknesses and brightness available for you to choose for your next set of brochures or scrapbook cover. Softcover paper is much more suited for or a lot of paper products and is available readily all around us. Make sure you take out your time to explore different varieties of the same terms of textures, colors and coating of cover paper before making your decision and let us know your experience in the comments.