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 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 In 2018, revenue from hardbacks and paperbacks exceeded revenue from e-books by more than $300 million in the United States. David Silverberg, Washington Post, "Looking at books as more than just vessels for information or entertainment," 5 Sep. 2019 Unlike typical celebrity hardbacks, Blevins’ book is light on drama and full of practical advice. Matthew Gault, Time, "Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Reveals His Top Tips for Video Game Domination," 22 Aug. 2019 Books prices, $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Try these 12+ best places to watch fireworks, things to do in Louisville for July 4," 27 June 2019 Last year, publishing’s debonair crime lord Otto Penzler inaugurated a uniform line of attractive hardbacks called the American Mystery Classics. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "The enduring fascination with Sherlock Holmes: It’s elementary.," 19 June 2019 Hadid artfully showcased the fire-engine red hardback cover, complete with ominous silhouette of a man holding an unidentified object, alongside her hand which was clad in an appropriately creepy lime green glove. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Would You Join the Bella and Gigi Hadid Book Club?," 18 Mar. 2019 The New Academy prize is unlikely to exert the same heft as the Nobel, said Jake Reiss, founder of the Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Ala., which sells only new hardbacks signed by the author. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "With No Nobel Prize in Literature This Year, Another Award Steps In," 1 Oct. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Hardback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardback. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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