This is a topic that constantly comes up for me when I think about buying new books in a series. If I have a series started in paperback, do I continue to buy paperback but have to wait? Or do I buy the hardcover when it is released? While I love the look of having matching series formats, sometimes it is just too damn hard to wait! Ideally I would love to have all of my series matching… it just looks so much nicer on the shelves. That way they also take up exactly the same amount of room so it’s easier to place them and place other books around them. My shelves are so full that I have books stacked vertically and horizontally… and books stacked horizontally on top of those books that are stacked vertically if there is room.
There have been times when I have jumped into a series late in the game, started off with paperback but couldn’t wait for the future releases to come out in paperback so I immediately bought the hard cover.
And then there are those series where I buy them second hand so I don’t always have a choice what format I buy. It makes it a lot cheaper so my wallet likes when I buy used books. Some may even be the same format, but a different edition.
While I would love to have all matching formats for my series, I do not plan to re-purchase any books that are mismatched. That money could be used for the better purpose of buying books I don’t already have! 🙂
One thing that really bugs me though is that there doesn’t really seem to be a universal size for books. I wish that all books had the same dimensions in terms of width and height. Hardcovers could be W many inches by X many inches and paperbacks could be Y many inches by Z many inches. It would make it so much easier to arrange books on shelves! I really appreciate that most mass market paperback editions are relatively the same size.
What about you? Do you have to have all of your series in matching formats or do you just deal with whatever you can get?