Pros & Cons of Paperbacks & Hardbacks

Tip 203- Paperback or Hardback

Paperback or hardback? That’s a question that many people will ask themselves when it comes to printing their book. We thought we would look into the pros and cons of both types to give you a helping hand in making this decision.


Paperbacks are a popular choice for many. They offer a professional finish and provide a high-quality option for reduced weight and cost. Paperbacks are used widely throughout the book industry whether it be a novel, poetry, children’s book or an autobiography; they suit all.


  • Easy to carry around- they are a lot lighter than hardbacks, making them more portable.
  • Cost effective- they are the cheapest book printing and binding option out there.
  • Flexible- they can be made into any sort of vision you have. Whether it’s special paper, a specific effect on the cover or an unusual size. We will try our utmost to produce your paperback as weird and wonderful as you like it.


  • The cover may damage quicker than hardbacks- the covers on paperback are printed on a heavyweight card (not board). This means that the cover can be more prone to damages. However, we take a huge amount of care in your books from production to delivery, so damaged books are unlikely.


The demand for hardbacks has grown rapidly over the past couple of years with many people choosing hardbacks for a more ‘special’ feel. With the number of choices you have with hardbacks you really can make your book your own.


  • Tend to last longer- with the thickness and quality of the cover it gives the book protection that you wouldn’t necessarily get with a paperback.
  • 2 covers in 1- if you choose to have a hardback with cloth and dustjacket it allows you to have two different styles of cover in one book.
  • Looks nicer- even a standard hardback tends to look professional and luxurious. Plus, with the added extras, you can really make it look high end.


  • Expensive- there is a lot of work that goes into making a hardback so they tend to be more expensive than paperbacks.
  • Not very practical- the weight and the extra thickness that hardbacks have makes them a heavy product to carry around.


In all honesty, it really depends on what you want from your book as to what form of book you go for. If you want to reduce spending and have an easily portable book then paperback is what you should go for. However, if you are looking for a more special, high end feel to the book and are not too worried about portability, then hardbacks are the way to go.

Some people decided to print both paperback and hardback. They may go for more paperbacks than hardbacks and then promote the hardbacks as being a special edition. This isn’t difficult to do as generally the text is the same in both, paperback and hardback, the cover just needs slight editing to fit the hardback.

We are happy to give you a quote and advise on paperbacks and hardbacks just get in touch.

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