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James B. (jbow) - ,
Subject: Book size question
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:13 PM ET
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Hi, I am wondering about paperback book sizes. I have gotten in a few paperbacks that are the oversized paperbacks. These are not large print. I am not real fond on this size for storage reasons. I would prefer what I call a standard size of 7" x 4 1/4".

I thought one size was a mass maket paperback, and one a trade paperback. Although PBS has many listing that just say paperback. Can someone set me straight as to what I should order (size/term) and what to stay away from?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:17 PM ET
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Generally, the trade paperbacks are the larger ones. I've noticed that when I order a book from here that just states "paperback," it's usually the ISBN for the larger trade size, but not always. If you just want the mass-market size, you'd probably do best to stick to the listings that clearly state "mass-market paperback" just to be safe.



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Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:18 PM ET
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James,

Unfortunately, the "Paperback" binding shown by PBS can be either a Mass Market Paperback (MMP) OR a Trade Paperback (TPB).  One way around this is to set-up a requester condition that excludes TPB.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:40 PM ET
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I'm just the opposite, James. I prefer the trade sizes, so when I'm interested in a book, I search the ISBN at Amazon and check the size there. (Midway down in the book details, they have book size in inches.) It's an extra hoop to jump through when I'm ordering books, but at least I'm sure it's the size I want.

Pam

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Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:40 PM ET
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sorry about the dups.



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Date Posted: 7/18/2010 5:12 PM ET
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You can also see the size here at PBS by clicking EDIT BOOK DETAILS, and then logging out of that screen without making any changes.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 6:02 PM ET
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But several publishers use the same ISBN for both trade and MMPBs.  You will really need to put on an RC about the size if you want just one type.  And use inches, not just the terms trade or MMPB, as not all the members know the publishing lingo. 

There are now those taller mass market paperbacks as well.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 6:02 PM ET
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Is there a name for those paperbacks that are as wide as a mass market paperback, but taller? 

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 6:16 PM ET
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"But several publishers use the same ISBN for both trade and MMPBs."

True. Some publishers reuse ISBNs, but it's not typical, at least in my own experience. In the books I've ordered here over three years, I've run into it maybe half a dozen times, if that.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 6:29 PM ET
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I haven't seen books with the same ISBN for Trde and MMPB.  Sometimes if you look at the publisher's info it will say if it's trade size or not (DAW for instance usually says "DAW Trade" next to the publisher's name for trade paperbacks).

Bookworm - I believe those are also called MMPB's.  I hate them, myself, more for the cheap paper quality than the size.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 8:38 PM ET
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There is a term they use for the tall books.  But I'm not recalling it.  Some corny thing with ease?

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 9:14 PM ET
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I've seen them called both "premium paperbacks" and  "easy read size".

 

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 9:23 PM ET
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I've seen the tall MMPs called premium and comfort size.

The only way to ensure a size on the books listed as "paperback" is to set up an RC. The size listed on PBS and Amazon might be one of the sizes available, but it doesn't mean its the only one sold under that ISBN. I even own one book in the MMP, Trade and HC and they all bear the same ISBN. Some publishers have separate publishing branches that issue the Trade and they get separate ISBNs, but its actually quite common to have multiple bindings/sizes issued under the same ISBN.