Yes, I know that it's the contents of the book which is important, but then we are talking about quirks and obsessions here, so let's not have everyone spouting this adage, eh? Also, if you prefer to read your books electronically, then please take it to another thread - I know from bitter experience where that particular discussion can go. I have a few, as you may have gathered. • I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks. As an example of just how much, I recently ordered Huxley's Brave New World (in what I thought was paperback). It arrived today... in hardback. So, I headed straight back to amazon and ordered it again in paperback. My hardback will go on the shelf or be given away • I prefer the smaller mass market size, as opposed to the larger tradeback. This used to hold me back to ridiculous lengths. In the end, it became so difficult to find new or re-releases in mass market size, that I either had to get over my obsession, or miss out on many novels I wanted to read. • I will go out of my way to avoid movie tie-in covers. I despise them with a passion and feel they cheapen what is often a classic novel. 'Now a major motion picture!' Arrrggghhh! • 'Never judge a book by its cover'. Oh yeah? I do this all the time and firmly believe that while a professionally designed cover is no guarantee of a good read, a badly designed one should always be heeded as a warning. We all have different tastes, of course, but I think anyone who has an eye for good design will know what I mean by this. • Despite liking the look and feel of a weathered, dog-eared paperback, I can never bring myself to buy them like this, i.e. used. I will weather and dog-ear them myself, thank you. I need help, don't I?