Hardback, paperback, or e-books? Do you have a preference? Is one better than another?
Personally, I really don't care about the format. I got a Kindle a few years ago from my family for Christmas (the original Kindle that doesn't have a web browser or anything on it) and I have approximately 100 books on it. But, my reading isn't confined to just that format.
I have bookshelves with paperbacks and hardbacks alike. Sometimes, I am too impatient to wait for a book to come out in paperback, so I will buy it in hardback. It really just depends on the book.
I am a member of paperbackswap and I will offer up books that I am finished with, and also order books from another reader who has finished with it. This really saves on my expenses, AND most of the books i have gotten were in excellent condition. It's a great resource for book lovers, and since you mail out most books at the "book rate", it's not too expensive.
I worked in a library for a couple of years, and I have to admit, I LOVE the smell of a brand new hardback. Especially art books. With an ereader you don't get that, but you do get easier portability. Although I often, when going on vacation, have a paperback and my Kindle with me. I like a little variety when I am reading and sometimes I may be reading a nonfiction book, but on my kindle, I am reading a romance or mystery.
Anyway, I know this is just a random post, but I thought it would make a good blog post today.