We thought a lot about doing a hardcover, but decided against it for a few reasons: 1) The handheld objects we all use everyday are mostly cold and hard. We want our books to provide a warm contrast to that by celebrating the wonderful ability of paper to yield to your hand rather than fight against it. 2) This edition of Flatland has a visual appendix that we hope you will want to reference frequently as you read. A soft cover makes it much easier to flip around through the book. 3) We just like soft books, and hope we can make softcover editions that rise above the lack of quality associated with standard paperbacks. We think the Tyvek cover combined with the slip case creates a book that is durable, feels great while reading, and is handsomely protected when not in use.
We are curious what other book lovers think. What is it about a hard cover that appeals to you as readers or as collectors? Shoot us a message and let us know.
Yes. We understand that the quality of this edition starts with the quality of the words it contains. We will be basing our edition off of the second 1884 edition, with Abbott's additional introduction, and we will be working with an editor to make sure it is true to that edition and free from errors.
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