A hardcover or hardback book is a book with a protective cover of stiffer paper or cardboard, and sometimes with a dust jacket. It is a more durable type of bookbinding than the paperback. A hardcover book is often more expensive than a paperback book.
A hardcover or hardback book is one bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or paper) and often held together with glue rather than stitches or staples. It has a flexible, sewn spine which allows the book to lie flat on a surface when opened. Following the ISBN sequence numbers, books of this type may be identified by the abbreviation Hbk.
The main reasons for the increased cost of hardcover books are the costs of materials and manufacturing. The cover is generally made of cardboard covered with cloth, paper, or a synthetic material. The pages are sewn together and then glued to the spine of the book. The binding process is more time-consuming and expensive than that of a paperback book.
Hardcover books are more durable than paperbacks, so they are often used for reference books, textbooks, and other books that are likely to be read multiple times or loaned to others. They are also popular for coffee table books and other books that are displayed rather than read.
Some hardcover books are published without a dust jacket. A dust jacket is a removable paper or cardboard cover that protects the book’s cover. Dust jackets are usually printed with information about the book, such as the title, author, and publisher. They are also often decorated with pictures related to the book’s content.
Hardcover books are important for a number of reasons. They are generally seen as being of higher quality than paperback books, and they are also more durable. This makes them a good choice for libraries and for people who want to keep their books in good condition. Hardcover books also tend to be more expensive than paperbacks, which can make them a good choice for gifts.