Compelling Arguments For the Age-Old Hardcover vs. Paperback Debate

June 17, 2019
Annika Voss

There are some debates that feel as if they are as old as time: chicken or the egg, coffee vs tea, Peter K vs John Ambrose, Left Twix vs Right Twix, the list goes on and on! I thought it was time to see if I could finally get an answer to the question that has nagged at me for many years. Which one is better: Hardcover or Paperback?

With a little help from the comment section of Simon Teen’s instagram, I hope to come to a conclusion by the end of this article.

Compelling Arguments to the Age-Old Hardcover vs. Paperback Debate


First we’ve got the Paperbacks!

Paperback side is starting of STRONG! Convenience and affordability are definitely winning arguments.

Let’s check out another reason for getting paperbacks

Yet another compelling argument! Let’s be honest, we all know the pain of trying to carry a bag full of books. **cough cough** first year of high school **cough*

(Accurate depiction of me heading home on the first day back to school.)


Now let’s see what the hardcovers have to say!

Well this might be the best counter argument! Yes paperbacks are cheaper but I think it’s safe to say we all enjoy a good #aesthetic.

Us, when we see an amazing bookshelf bookstagram.

Here’s another other reason that Hardcovers are great!

Well that is definitely a good argument for the hardcover side!

The Beast agrees!

But then… This might just be one of the best responses!

Well said indeed!

Both is definitely good!


So! In conclusion, neither is better than the other! Because at the end of the day books are amazing no matter how we consume them.

So I’m going to make the argument that what really matters is what’s in the book!

But! If you’re looking books for the beach this summer, check this list of amazing summer reads to pack in your bag.

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