Hardcover, softcover, digital? What is your preference?
Personally I tend to use a combination of the two. I GM a lot but rarely do so in my own home, and in my own little effort I prefer to use Uber instead of buying my own car so transporting books can be a problem. (Some games even have a minis component so that makes things worse!) In these cases, I find that digital copies have been invaluable for the continuing health of my back. Them RPG books can be heavy.
|My most recent digital acquisition is Far Away Land, which reminds me a lot of Adventure Time.|
With that being said, I can simply digest things better when they are in dead-tree format. I suppose part of it is having the tactile element of flipping the pages and smelling that oh-so-good book scent as you read. (Pro tip: If the Amazon service went through China, don't smell it. It smells funky.) So for new rulesets and such, I tend to prefer having a hardcover version so that I can spend hours at home digesting the book.
|I originally bought +David McGrogan 's Yoon-Suin|
in digital form, but I liked it so much that I had
it made into a hard cover. (Lulu has softcover versions!)
Finally, I tend to look for and buy gaming books that are simply gorgeous to look at. These are the books that I plan to keep in my library for decades, and I want to make sure that the ones in this category age well. I may never run them, but I always enjoy just reading them in this format.
|Some of my books in the "absolutely beautiful" category: +Zak Sabbath 's|
A Red & Pleasant land and Maze of the Blue Medusa, plus the Degenesis set.
|I am too young to have played AD&D, but these ones are sure to stand the|
test of time. Plus, they have gold-gilded pages! Hooray! XD
Anyway, to answer the question, I tend to switch formats. Although I don't see myself getting softcovers too often, this is more because of the prevalence of hardbounds over softbounds in the hobby as opposed to my personal preference.