Definition of hardback in English:

hardback

adjective

  • (of a book) bound in stiff covers:

    ‘a hardback edition’

noun

  • A book bound in stiff covers.

    • ‘The idea with paperbacks is that they're cheaper than hardbacks, but the publisher is selling more of them because more people can afford them.’
    • ‘Publishers traditionally cover their costs by selling hardbacks - hence the price.’
    • ‘All books are in good condition, hardbacks as well as paperbacks.’
    • ‘I bought this in hardback, as is my preference for book, but unlike most hardbacks, it's roughly the size of a paperback book, very similar to the Marvel Age digests.’
    • ‘Soon all 225 hardbacks and 3,000 softbacks were sold and Saint Piran Press was busy printing more.’
    • ‘Most of the paperback titles cost £3 - £5, with hardbacks costing more.’
    • ‘She was holding half a dozen paperbacks and four hardbacks.’
    • ‘Publishers are betting that we consumers will not notice this decline in hardback quality but that we will note the closing price gap between discounted hardbacks and regularly priced paperbacks.’
    • ‘He said that the publisher estimated that 20,000 hardbacks would be sold at £14.99 a copy and 30,000 paperbacks at £6.99 per copy.’
    • ‘One day I will get a full set of Arthur Ransome hardbacks with these covers.’
    • ‘Some are important reference books; some are expensive hardbacks; some were presents.’
    • ‘Pimlico, noted for its paperback editions of previously published hardbacks, is making a name for itself in its ‘Pimlico Original’ series.’
    • ‘The book brawl started fifteen years ago when megabookstore chains deeply discounted bestsellers, as well as other hardbacks and paperbacks.’
    • ‘Paperbacks are cheaper than hardbacks; that is surely their main advantage.’
    • ‘Publisher Pete Crowther has done a print run of 300 hardbacks and 500 paperbacks.’
    • ‘Harry Potter has already been on the cover of Time Magazine and achieved the unprecedented feat of occupying the top three places in the New York Times Book Review of bestselling hardbacks.’
    • ‘Paperback editions are best, as the corners of hardbacks come rather sharp if dropped unexpectedly onto soft flesh.’
    • ‘On the basis of his track record so far, Porter expects to sell 25,000 hardbacks of Brandenburg, plus 100,000 paperbacks, and to be published in 13 countries.’
    • ‘I began collecting them as second-hand paperbacks and then updated them: first as new paperbacks, then as hardbacks and finally, first editions.’
    book, volume, hardback, paperback, title, work, tome, opus, treatise, manual, register, almanac, yearbook, compendium
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Pronunciation:

hardback

/ˈhɑːdbak/