There are two types of readers. Some just want to read story after story. Others appreciate the medium as well as the story. The latter are what I call true book lovers. They like the smell of old books, they pay attention to covers, and they place importance on owning the exact copy that was given to them for graduation or owned by one of their ancestors.
I've never been a book lover, but I've recently developed an attraction to portable libraries. This week I'm reading The Portable Dorothy Parker which was published in 1944 as part of the Viking Portable Library collection. It is a hardcover but it is the size of the paperbacks I read as a kid (paperbacks seem to be bigger now). I love the way it feels in my hand. I also like the idea of having a shelf full of these, with each volume giving me a taste of a certain writer or writing style. More than that, I think I want vintage copies. I don't think a Penguin Classics paperback printed in 2009 would give me the same satisfaction that this vintage hardcover has.