Hey /lit/, so I want to get Infinite Jest, and I can't decide whether to get the paperback or the hardcover.
The paperback will be $26.50, and the hardcover will be $23.80. Although the hardcover is both cheaper, and will be of better quality, because it's a hardcover, I like the paperback's cover more.
Which one would you suggest to purchase? If you have the hardcover, would you recommend it? And if you've got the paperback, would you say the quality is good for a paperback?
I live in Australia, so when converted to AUD it'll be $17 and then I've got to pay for shipping, so it'll end up costing more than buying it from the website I plan on buying it from.
the left cover is objectively more aesthetically pleasing and the right cover is just pure unabashed sloth on the graphic designers part, wordsworth-classics-tier desu
The wear and tear that will come with the paperback though for such a big softback though will be immense, it's gonna look like shit by the time you're 1/5th of the way through from finger grease and molecular particles of grime that will make its way into the books' interstices
I was paranoid about differences between the 1997 hardcover and the 2006 paperback, but there are almost none, save a few handful of minor spelling changes. no substantial sentence/paragraph changes/omittances whatsoever.
I've also been paranoid about my 2006 paperback falling apart at the binding but its survived 4 reads and still fine. unlike the fucking gravity's rainbow paperback from penguin (the turquoise one not the shitty deluxe riddled with errors) that falls apart every time I get 3/4ths in
I once go the paperback german version and the pages were so thin that they deteriorated under my sweaty hands, and the the book was so heavy that they were under serius danger of ripping off if you don't hold it right.
Damn, that's got to suck.
I ended up going with the hardcover edition, even though I preferred the paperback cover. I liked the plain cover of the hardback when the dust jacket is taken off though, so I probably won't even have the jacket on most of the time.
Yeah, it was 42% off, don't remember it being this cheap last time I checked so I got it today.
Hopefully it doesn't take so long to get here, I ordered War and Peace with Crime and Punishment near the start of last month and War and Peace is yet to arrive.
I didn't know you could get the hardcover in Aus. I've got the paper back, but it looks like this
1 collectible hardcover
1 hardcover to read
1 paperback to actually read
1 paperback for notes
1 paperback for removal of pages
1 paperback for work
1 paperback for your car
1 paperback for traveling abroad
1 hardcover to be buried with
There's a 20th anniversary IJ coming out on Feb 23 that's going to correct "typos and space issues" (quoting Steven Moore). I have to imagine it'll also correct the page of the Filmography that's littered with superscript numbers that aren't supposed to be there. That's an error exclusive to the paperback edition. I ordered a hardcover in 2009, and it doesn't have it.