Definition of hardback in US English:



  • (of a book) bound in stiff covers; hardcover.


  • A book bound in stiff covers; a hardcover.

    • ‘Pimlico, noted for its paperback editions of previously published hardbacks, is making a name for itself in its ‘Pimlico Original’ series.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some are important reference books; some are expensive hardbacks; some were presents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the paperback titles cost £3 - £5, with hardbacks costing more.’
    • ‘Publisher Pete Crowther has done a print run of 300 hardbacks and 500 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.’
    • ‘Soon all 225 hardbacks and 3,000 softbacks were sold and Saint Piran Press was busy printing more.’
    • ‘Paperbacks are cheaper than hardbacks; that is surely their main advantage.’
    • ‘One day I will get a full set of Arthur Ransome hardbacks with these covers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book brawl started fifteen years ago when megabookstore chains deeply discounted bestsellers, as well as other hardbacks and paperbacks.’
    • ‘Publishers traditionally cover their costs by selling hardbacks - hence the price.’
    • ‘All books are in good condition, hardbacks as well as paperbacks.’
    • ‘Paperback editions are best, as the corners of hardbacks come rather sharp if dropped unexpectedly onto soft flesh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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, paperback, title, work, tome, opus, treatise, manual, register, almanac, yearbook, compendium
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  • in hardback

    • In an edition bound in stiff covers; in hardcover.

      ‘the novel was first published in hardback in 1981’
      • ‘After the biography's first edition publication in hardback in November 1998, Communist Party records that were not available previously came into my possession.’
      • ‘The first is Pat Southern's Augustus which was published in hardback in 1998.’
      • ‘A one-volume abridged edition, the basis of this publication, was published in hardback in 1992.’
      • ‘Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003 was published by John Wisden on April 30, in hardback and soft cover.’
      • ‘Since then, Random Family has been reprinted five times in hardback and twice in paper, and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.’
      • ‘First published in hardback in 2003, the book is now available in paperback.’
      • ‘Brass Man is Neal Asher's latest book, out now in hardback and trade paperback, published by Tor Books UK.’
      • ‘Because he was the most popular poet since Tennyson, Sir John's collected verse has sold over 2,000,000 copies in hardback and it is good to have a paperback edition available now.’
      • ‘THE BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS, whose titles are new to this column, have recently released in paperback two books previously published in hardback.’
      • ‘The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine was first published in hardback in 1996 and reprinted in 2000.’