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Offline Acolyte

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Hardback or Leatherette?
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:45:25 PM »
Is it better for a book to be hardback or leatherette? Does one last longer than the other?

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Re: Hardback or Leatherette?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008, 08:14:56 PM »
Depends on what you're using it for. :D
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Re: Hardback or Leatherette?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 10:49:53 PM »
What if it's a Bible?

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Re: Hardback or Leatherette?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008, 04:51:10 AM »
A lot also depends on the quality of the binding of the pages themselves. The cover might last well, but if the binding and glue holding the pages together becomes brittle and falls apart, the cover ain't gonna do much to keep the book together.
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Re: Hardback or Leatherette?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2008, 09:12:24 AM »
True; I have had several poor-quality hardcover whose binding has come loose and the entire cover came out. Oddly enough, I've had a few paperbacks who stood up to much use. So it does come down to the quality of the individual book

Typically, though (and I've owned several leather-bound books, not just Bibles but other literature as well), where the extra money for leather is going to pay off is in the corners. After much use, especially upright shelf storage, a hardcover will have rubbed-off corners, whereas the leather should remain intact. Leather-bound books also are much softer if you hold them open in your lap for long periods of time, though not as soft as a paperback.
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Re: Hardback or Leatherette?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008, 10:20:30 AM »
I have to agree with everyone here...it all comes down to the binding. Leather does feel better in my hands, though; it has a refreshing sense of permanence and antiquity that make reading a leather-bound book in a comfortable easy chair with a great coffee and a cuckoo clock in the background one of the wonderful pleasures of life.

Some hard-bound books that have like a cloth covering come close, but I still prefer a leather exterior. The leather even wears better; a slightly worn exterior where some of the lettering has faded from use and skin oil is an excellent testimony to the popularity of the volume in question.

But my favorite books are the wood-bound ones I've had! The aroma and 'book feel' is intoxicating...but is a by-gone era.
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