Do you prefer hardcovers, trade paperbacks (the bigger ones), or mass market paperbacks (the smaller ones)? Why?
This is a difficult question and hard to answer concisely unless I leave it at “it depends”. I am ambivalent on all types of books. HC: I prefer holding and reading them while sitting in my reading spots (except for the pool), the way they look in my bookcases and think they are easier to handle when reading in bed but on the other hand, they are a nuisance to carry around, usually can’t fit in pocketbook, take up a lot of room, in the summer won’t read one while sitting on a float in the pool, would never think of dog earring a page and most importantly, the price. PBs: (trade) like the look and size of the book, even though it is usually can’t fit in purse for on the go but find it very hard to read in bed and don’t like the price. PBs: (mass market). A little easier to shove in purse, will read while in the pool, and the price is a little bit better. Don’t like how they look in a bookcase after reading and find it harder to read while in bed. Since I have an EReader will add the pros and cons. Easy to transport, the price!!!!!!, accessing a book within seconds, easy to handle in any reading spot especially when reading in bed. The only cons, I think at least with mine, is no backlight and because at the time I spend reading, I need to recharge the battery often.
With all the choices on types of books and including all the good and bad features, I would say that overall my favorite is my EReader.