I bought the paperback edition but immediately swapped it for the hardback, which does not cost much more. The paperback edition tries to house the same 2,000+ pages, of dense india paper, in a flimsy paper cover, and the physics just doesn't work. Unless you're absolutely certain that you're always going to use it on a flat surface, don't bother with the paperback. It is uncomfortable and difficult to hold open, being very 'floppy' - and a heavy floppy book you don't want. The paper cover itself is thin and will crease very quickly. Fine, perhaps, if you just intend using this for a short intense period, but for a keeper, pay the extra and get the much better behaved hardback, which makes the most of this superb piece of production.
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