Just started reading a book I got for Christmas, good so far. It's a hardback, since it's quite new. Apparently these books will last longer but it's always much easier to read paperbacks. Also the outer paper thingy of hard backs usually gets crumpled up if you leave it on and if you take it off you can probably expect never to see it again. That is unless you have a special place to keep hard-back papers covers and that would just be too crazy.