I loaned a friend of VorGuy's a book to read while he was visiting us. Turned out he was a slow reader and he kept it for two years (I hounded him by mail to return it - college students may be buying a lot of books - but most of our money goes for school books, tuition, & living expenses - not "recreational reading material"). It was a trade paperback - so larger in size than the standard pocket size.
He took it overseas (Army assignment) and finally sent it back after over two years...with a broken spine, loose pages, and a LOT of wear & tear.
I still have it - with a rubber band to hold the loose pages in place. It is a great reminder why most of my books don't leave the house. Exceptions exist - Mom, Lil Sis, Ambrosia Hino (DD), and a very short list of other people. With a slightly larger spending budget, though, I'd rather buy them a copy at the used book store or an ebook version (if they have an ereader) - because I tend to read in the middle of the night, if I have insomnia and I never know what I'm going to be in the mood to read.
Yes - I have that book in electronic form now. Because I'm afraid of loosing the loose pages....if I ever find it at the Half Price Bookstore, I'm going to buy a replacement copy. Haven't found it yet....