Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Books Of A Feather by Kate Carlisle


Hardcover vs. Paperback: Which Is Better?

The first book in my Bibliophile Mystery series was Hardcover in Homicide, which, ironically, debuted in mass market paperback (and ebook, of course). In 2009, I was a new writer, so it made perfect sense to bring me out first in paperback, but the title caused a little confusion.

Fast forward four years and seven books later. Enough readers had fallen in love with the Bibliophile Mysteries that A Cookbook Conspiracy was first released in hardcover, a real milestone in my career. BOOKS OF A FEATHER, in stores now, is the fourth of my books to debut in hardcover.


They come out in paperback about a year later. RIPPED FROM THE PAGES came out in paperback last month. Here are the hardcover and paperback versions of RIPPED FROM THE PAGES. Does it give you the same thrill to see my name at the top as it does me? (Perhaps not!)


My heroine, Brooklyn Wainwright, is a world-renowned bookbinder, and—in addition to a classic murder mystery—my readers love learning about the fascinating details about rare books. We are all, my readers and I, bibliophiles, who love not just the stories, but books themselves.

Perhaps my audience is skewed toward appreciating the longevity and substantial nature of hardcovers. They look beautiful on bookshelves, and they withstand wear and tear of rereading much better, which is why libraries love them. Lots of my readers like to reread my mysteries, to look for clues they missed the first time around and laugh at the things Brooklyn and her quirky friends and family say and do.

(The pressure's on me to get the details right!)


Paperbacks have a charm of their own. Lightweight, compact, inexpensive, they're easy to impulse-buy and easy to carry. I don't feel as bad when a paperback is damaged because there's an impermanence about them.

I'm proud that my books are available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio. Next step, leather bound collectors' editions… and then, world domination! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Which do you prefer, hardcovers, paperbacks, or ebooks? What do you love about them?

Guest post provided by the publisher.

post-divider rightfeatherSeries: BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERY (Book 10)
Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451477707
ISBN-13: 978-0451477705
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


From the New York Times bestselling author of Ripped from the Pages, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . .

Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America, currently on loan from an Arab sheik. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the National Birdwatchers Society, who urgently needs Brooklyn's skilled hands to repair a less high-profile book of Audubon drawings that’s fallen victim to spilled wine.
At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish and appraise a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But everything runs afoul later that evening when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Rumors fly about a motive for murder. Perhaps Mulrooney wanted to sink his claws into the pricey Audubon book, but Brooklyn believes the man died fighting off a daring thief.
Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south . . .

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Books of a Feather to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on June 18th

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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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kate2Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award wining author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold & The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spend in law school that finally drover her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safety way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.


A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the bibliophile mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thrill Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate's dream of publication too many, many years to fulfill. If you're wondering why, here's the real scoop.

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  1. Celia Fowler says:

    I do love hardcover and paperback books, but for convenience find myself going to e-books–so much easier for travel and moving.  

    • I confess, I love ebooks, too, Celia. Not exclusively, but certainly in the mix. As you say, they're so convenient for traveling. When I'm at home, though, there's nothing like curling up with a hardcover book. And if it's leatherbound… all the better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    I like all three for various reasons and occasions.  At home, I will read all three of these.  If I am out of the house, I don't want a hardcover with me, so that would mean a paperback. I also don't like to take a Kindle with me as it is a large one over 10 inches, and don't want to leave it in the car when I go inside a store or restaurant, so I read books on the Kindle mostly at night when I am tired and let my Pyramid hold the Kindle for me.  I do like paperbacks the best as they are light weight, portable, and easy to stick into a purse, or tote bag and have handy to read anywhere and everywhere, or to place into the slot on the Pyramid as well for times when my arms are not up to holding up a book.  With all that said, I guess paperbacks is my preferred choice for most everything.  

    • There's something more expendable about paperbacks, too, don't you think, Cynthia? Less of a tragedy if something should happen to it while you're out running errands.

  3. I'm strickly a paperback person because I find they travel well and fit in with my hectic life.  I know several authors who put their books out in hardcover first but, I wait the year to get the paperback even if it kills me to wait.  Once I've finished my books, I donate them to the various hospitals, nursing homes and friends of the library for the fundraising events they hold each year.  I don't hold onto the books once read because frankly, our home is extremely small and we just don't have the room.  E-books are great for those who love them but, for me, I need the feel of the book in my hand as I anticipate what's going to happen when I turn the page and that for me is one of the great feelings of holding an actual book.

    I have already purchased "Books of a Feather" and it's next inline to be read as I started an older Kat Martin book today.  I love all of Ms. Carlisle's books. 


    • I'm honored, DJ, that you made an exception for me and got BOOKS OF A FEATHER in hardcover. Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying the Bibliophile Mysteries.

  4. Gloria Walshver says:

    I like reading paperback books because it's easier to take along with you than a hardcover.

    • Paperbacks are great for when you're running around. I do love a hardcover for reading at home, curled up in a cozy chair, ignoring the world around me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Della Williamson says:

    Paperbacks for me.  They weigh less than hardcover so easier to carry.  Especially if close to the end of the book & you want to carry 2 just in case.  Also.  Paperbacks take up a lot less room.  so you can have room for more.  ebooks?  While it means less clutter and more reads.  Depending on the code depends on whether you actually own it or not.  It can be taken back at any time.  Also.  With an e-reader there is the greater likely hood of it's being stolen.  Or the battery running out at an inconvenient time.  They are also more distracting.  It is so easy to quickly check email, check weather, check sports scores, etc.  Also.  Neck and eye strain are a problem along with increase in headaches.

  6. I don't care that much for ebooks but do occasionally read one that I can't find anywhere else. I fell in love with your bibliophile mystery series and can't wait for the newest. I actually perfer paperbacks since they are less expensive and eaiser to read in bed.

    • Thank you, Joan!!! That's so kind of you to say. I'm so glad you're enjoying the Bibliophile Mysteries. I'm just finishing up next year's installment now. Brooklyn is going to restore Alice in Wonderland. ๐Ÿ™‚ Having the hardest time coming up with a title!

  7. Thank you so much for hosting me here today, Lori! You're always so supportive of mysteries, and I really appreciate it. I'm looking forward to responding to all these great comments.

  8. Kay Bennett says:

    I actually prefer paperback for several reasons. One the cost of course. Two hardbacks are a bit hard on my wrists and hands. I love that in paperbacks you get the reviews in the front and seem to have more info than hardback. Regardless of which I get, I NEED a real book in my hand! Cannot wait for this release

    • If a book came out in hardcover first, it makes sense that when it's reissued in paperback, it'd have more review quotes at the front. ๐Ÿ™‚ The reviewers read the hardcover. I'm always so honored by reviews on my books. Means so much when reviewers are willing to take the time to read my books and share their thoughts with other readers. Thanks for your comment, Kay!

  9. I like paperbacks because they fit right in my tote bag & I can take them anywhere.

    • So many comments from readers who take the books with them wherever they go. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it! Hope you'll grab RIPPED FROM THE PAGES now that it's out in paperback, Mary!

  10. Elaine Klingbeil says:

    I do prefer paperbacks to hard covers, they are lighter and easier to carry around. But if I did have the option, I think I would have my bookshelves filled with the hardcovers of those same books. Hardcovers are beautiful and nice! Ebooks are handy for long trips. But they would be my third choice to read. The other thing about ebooks is that it is harder to just take a quick look at the beautiful covers. I love the covers on cozies! That all being said, I don't know if I can wait a year for the paperback of Books of a Feather to come out. I may have to get the hardcover.

  11. Mary Jane H. says:

    Hello from Arizona, I prefer ebooks but paperbacks are good too. I prefer to take my Kindle along on short trips and on long trips because I have so many books and I couldn't take all my paperbacks with me, too many to choose from!

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