This week's BTT question is about books as collectibles:
Hardcover? Or paperback?
Illustrations? Or just text?
First editions? Or you don’t care?
Signed by the author? Or not?
Can a person who owns over 500 books legitimately say that she doesn't collect books? Probably not, but I don't really collect collectible books.
I have a pretty even split when it comes to hardcovers and paperbacks in my personal library; I don't have much of a preference either way. I like the durability of hardcovers and the affordability and portability of paperbacks. If I really love a book, though, I may try to track down a hardcover copy. I vastly prefer trade paperbacks to mass market paperbacks, and will gladly pay a little bit more for a trade paperback in most cases.
I'm not big on illustrated editions. I think there's only one book in my library, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, that I sought out as an illustrated edition. Candlewick published a lovely illustrated edition of A Christmas Carol in 2006, and I chose that over many text-only versions.
First editions are nice, but not essential. I love signed books and will occasionally purchase signed editions of favorite books or new books by favorite authors. I'm also very grateful when an author sends me a review copy and has taken the time to sign and/or personalize it.