I'm looking for a particular translation and am not seeing imitation leather editions in the $20 range like I'm used to (ok they were used but mint condition). I have a few options here: 1) I can shell out more money and get the new imitation leather for close to $40 2) I can try out the cheaper hardcover (or even softcover) versions for less than half of that I will be putting it in a nice sturdy bible cover, where it will stay 24/7 whether I read it at home or take it to church. I don't think I've ever bought a new hardcover bible, I've only bought cheap used ones when I wanted to get a version of a particular translation for the sake of refering to it every once in a while. Of course they all looked ragged, but that was ok b/c it wasn't a bible I'd use every day. I'm wondering (since this bible will be one I will use on a daily basis) if a hardcover one would hold up as well as an imitation leather--keeping in mind that it will be inside a cover all the time? Also, the only "paperback" bible I ever remembered was The Way (the Living Bible), which held up quite well, as that paperback had an incredibly strong spine. When bible publishers say "paperback," do they mean sturdy bibles like that? Or are they just the cheap spines that most paperback books come in? Unfortunately I am forced to buy online; I don't believe there is a Christian book store in our area or else I'd check these all out in a store. Perhaps I simply need to schedule a trip to a big city and go to a few bookstores? I can do that but honestly at that point, I'd probably be better of saving the gas and food money and buying the $40 bible. What has your experience been with hardcover and paperback versions of Bibles--that are used as the primary bible?