I would like to purchase Donald Knuth's TeXbook, and I have noticed that there are two versions available. One is a spiral-bound edition, usually sold by itself. The other is a hard-cover edition, available both by itself or as part of a boxed set of five volumes (Knuth's Computers and Typesetting series). The price difference between the two is minimal, so I'm unsure which to purchase.
If anyone here owns one or both editions, perhaps they could answer at least some of the questions below, to help me make up my mind.
Can the hard-cover edition stay open when placed on a surface (like many mathematics textbooks), or does it have to be propped open by the reader (like many hard-cover novels, which usually have very tight bindings)?
What is the cover of the spiral-bound edition like? Does it stand up well to repeated handling?
I have read reviews of the spiral-bound edition stating that the pages often fall out from the end of the book. Is this a serious problem?
Are there any other considerations to bear in mind when making a choice between these two editions?