Saturday, September 16, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] Expensive Book Editions

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:
Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?
My answer:
Oh yes. Like I said in last week's hop, I'm a total sucker for a great cover!

There have been many times when I have opted to purchase the hardcover over the more affordable paperback edition simply because I prefer the design on the hardcover.

This is also the case with paperbacks in general; I have no problem paying a bit more to get the full sized paperback rather than the tiny mass-produced edition.

Thanks for reading!
Can you remember the last book you purchased the more expensive version of?

I believe mine was Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I already owned a few of the paperbacks, but I opted to get the lovely leather-bound edition from Barnes & Noble instead. 


  1. Agreed! Mass market paperbacks just aren't as nice on the shelf as full sized paperbacks!!

  2. I TOTALLY agree!! I don't like mass-market paperbacks, either. Of course, if I happen to be a little strapped for money, I will buy them, lol. But I do prefer the larger paperbacks, and, of course, hardcovers!

    I recently had an issue with a book cover. It was in the Rebel of the Sands series. The first book -- a hardback -- has a GORGEOUS cover that is mostly abstract, except for the nighttime scene in the middle. The cover of the second, hardback book is realistic, instead, so the covers don't match. This REALLY ticked me off, so I bought the large paperback edition, instead, which also has an abstract cover. But now I have a hardback and a paperback. So the books STILL don't match! Lol. I'm actually considering doing a giveaway with the hardback, and then purchasing the trade paperback of the first book, so the two volumes will FINALLY match! :) :) :)

    As we bookworms who are also bibliophiles know, it's absolutely NOT necessary to spend LOTS of money on beautiful book covers. There are many reasonably-priced editions at Amazon (like my Everyman Library edition of "Jane Eyre"), Ebay, Alibris and Abebooks. Besides, there are always used bookstores. You don't have to buy books from The Folio Society, for example. I certainly can't afford those!

    The funny thing is that sometimes, as in the Rebel of the Sands case, the PAPERBACK will have the more beautiful cover. And this can happen with ebooks, too! I don't like ebooks, but sometimes I'll buy one if I prefer THAT cover to the one on the printed edition! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks as well for commenting on my BBH post!! <3 :)

    1. Oh my gosh, I love the hardback cover of Rebel of the Sands! It's such a bummer they couldn't stay consistent!! That same thing just happened with another series I read, but I'm totally blanking on the name. Both the original covers and the new covers are stunning, but they switched it up after book two!

      And totally!! I go to thrift stores all the time to look for books that are on my to-buy list! :)

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. I absolutely agree when it comes to trades vs mass markets. I haven't bought many hardcovers just because I am more a fan of how paperbacks feel when reading. But I definitely own multiple versions because of covers lol

  4. Yes, I will sometimes spring for a cover I prefer! I hate it when the books in a series don't match, too.

    1. I'll never understand why people switch up a series right in the middle of it!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lory! :)

  5. I stick with what I have. :)

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


  6. Leatherbound Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you say? I need that. - Katie

  7. I only carry the first versions of books in my bookshelf and Kindle libraries. I admire and get jealous of people (Booktubers, more specifically) who can buy different versions of the same book, regardless of the price. My bookshelf is pretty small, so I have to be very mindful of how I spend money on books, especially if there is an updated cover on it. 

    My BBH -

    1. Oh my gosh yeah, I have some serious shelf envy with some of my favorite booktubers :)