hard·​back | \ ˈhärd-ˌbak How to pronounce hardback (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In a special offer during the current pandemic, the society is selling the books at a deep discount -- $15 for the paperback edition and $20 for the hardback. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Changes in plans have become a way of life these days: Whit & Whimsey," 28 Aug. 2020 The hardback came out in late April of that year, and that is considered a tight turnaround from ARC to pub date. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Fug Girls on the book publishing industry and maintaining a small business online," 7 July 2020 Mr Woodward’s, Mr Comey’s and Hillary Clinton’s election memoir—exceeded 500,000 in hardback sales. The Economist, "Daily chart Donald Trump’s presidency has been a gift for booksellers," 23 June 2020 But none has sold more than 500,000 hardback copies in America, according to NPD Bookscan. The Economist, "Daily chart Donald Trump’s presidency has been a gift for booksellers," 23 June 2020 World War Z author Max Brooks switches his attention from the horrors of zombies to the terrors of Bigfoot in the new novel Devolution, which debuts Tuesday in both hardback and audiobook form. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of Max Brooks's Bigfoot horror novel Devolution," 16 June 2020 The book is now available in hardback as well as on Kindle and audio versions. Jerry Mitchell, USA TODAY, "George Floyd’s killing resurrects nightmares for families of civil rights martyrs," 3 June 2020 With an introduction and context from Iggy, the book is published as a full color hardback. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Iggy Pop Prepping 'Til Wrong Feels Right' Collection of Lyrics, Photos, Memorabilia and Essays," 30 May 2019 The small hardback, bound in a morning blue linen that matches her eyes, is a collection of iPhone snaps by Mr. Lagerfeld of the fluffy feline at play and at rest. New York Times, "What Happened to Choupette?," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hardback

1953, in the meaning defined above

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9 Sep 2020

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“Hardback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardback. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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