hard·​back | \ ˈhärd-ˌbak \

Definition of hardback

: a book bound in hard covers

Examples of hardback in a Sentence

The store sells only hardbacks. The book is sold only in hardback.

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However, how does a place full of hardbacks and CDs keep pace with the digital universe? Kim Komando, Fox News, "11 amazing perks you get from your local library you never knew before now," 25 Aug. 2018 Books prices are $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "The five things you need to know before you hit the road for July 4," 28 June 2018 There will also be a half-price sale that day on most books inside the bookstore — hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks will be 50 cents. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad Foundation gives 90K to fight homelessness," 25 June 2018 What remains are assorted hardbacks, now going for $1, and the memories. Tom Hallman Jr., OregonLive.com, "End of a story for a Hawthorne Boulevard bookstore: Tom Hallman," 27 May 2018 Books are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for trade paperbacks and children’s books, and 2 for $1 for other paperbacks. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "What to do around Louisville this week: Janet Jackson, Santa, speakeasy party & more," 29 Nov. 2017 There will also be a special half-price sale that day on most books inside the bookstore; hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks 50 cents. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Elks Lodge supports Assistance League ... community news," 26 Apr. 2018 Lorella Belli, a literary agent, said that the figures vary from publisher to publisher, but that roughly speaking authors earn one British pound (about $1.40) per hardback, when paid a home royalty. David Segal, New York Times, "British Book Publishers Fear Brexit Will Bring a U.S. Invasion," 13 Apr. 2018 Sale items include hardback and paperback books sorted into 40 categories, at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks or $9 by the bag. idahostatesman, "Abduction victim, Myanmar immigrant among authors to visit Boise | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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