Personally, I don't have anything against this being softcover, because it's an adventure book, which sets it apart from the other releases so far.
But I hope this doesn't mean that future releases won't be softcover too. Still hoping for another tribunal book or a book on nobles, knights and warfare, and I wouldn't want to see such books in softcover.
I wouldn't want the 24 pages cut, but the hardcover books are so much more durable. I plan on having my AM books until I die, and hardcover just lasts longer. I always have at least one AM book in my bag, and don't want it to fall apart. The softcover also disturbs the flow of all the hardcover books on the shelf. Finally, There's something very appealing about a "tome." Perhaps it's sympathetic magic, but the book is just that much more "powerful" in hardcover.
Personally I"m willing to pay 5-10 more dollars for something I"ll have for the rest of my life.
I don't really care whether it's hardcover or softcover, although I prefer hardcover slightly, for durability and for an easier time getting it to stay open on a particular page. However, the format I really like an adventure book in is PDF. That allows me to print out just the adventures I want, to feel free to write notes and so on on the pages, and to copy-paste into documents from heavier editing. Is there a chance of seeing the book in PDF format in a relatively short time?
At any rate, I'm very glad to see an ArM5 adventure book on offer.
Type print has a +3 quality bonus over handwritten anyway
Well Bound adds +1, Harbound is the standard, and Flap Bound adds -1. So Well Flap Bound still equals +0, and this would not affect the Resonance or Clarification at all.
I also tend to Gloss my own texts with spell guidelines and corrected erratta
I'm thrilled to get a good ArM5 reference for generating stories, if only to have an established format we can use in Sub Rosa. It should be a fantastic addition. Black Monks of Glastonbury was ok, but the admixture of d20 was distracting and I thought it was a transitional adventure from ArM4 to ArM5, anyway.