hard‧back also hardcover [countable]
a book that has a strong stiff cover
His first novel sold over 40,000 copies in hardback.
—hardback adjective:➔ paperbackWORD FOCUS: book
a hardback edition of 'The Joy of Cooking'
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit
books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal
famous or important novels, poems etc : literature
books about real events: non-fiction
a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook
a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary
someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist
a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English
a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback
➔ See also book