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Subject: book types and trade size
Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I have received 2 trade size paperbacks this year and both were a surprise. I thought I was requesting mm paperbacks.  I thought the term trade size was used as the "book type". I searched this last book by the ISBN and all it shows is paperback. So are all paperbacks listed as such no matter the actual size??

thanks Judye

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Paperback means just that.   The book has a paperback binding as opposed to a hardback/hardcover binding.  It doesn't refer to size at all.   If you want to know whether a specific ISBN is mass paperback size or trade paperback size, then you need to look it up on a different website such as Amazon or B&N.com.

 

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 10:51 PM ET
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I check Amazon, where usually they have the book measurements.  I think standard mass market is 6.5in by 4.2in (or thereabouts).  Anything significantly larger is a trade paperback.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 11:06 PM ET
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If you want to know whether a specific ISBN is mass paperback size or trade paperback size ...- unfortunately, the ISBN is often used for more than one binding type so checking other sites often doesn't help tell you what is posted on PBS. If you really want one or the other, on any books labelled 'paperback', you'll probably have to PM the sender or put an RC up stating which one you are looking for.

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 5:44 PM ET
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you would think after all these years of reading and my 3 years here would have opened my eyes. Maybe I will put a condition that says "give me a clue what size book I will be getting" <grin>.  I dont like the larger size, but hey it does not stop me from reading the blasted things.

thanks all. JB

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 5:51 PM ET
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If it's just a matter of curiousity, then I'd just PM the Sender after requesting.  A Requester Condition might have a few people rejecting your requests, either thinking you want the trade when they have a mass market, thinking the size would stop you from reading the book or rejecting you out of hand just for having an RC (I hate that reaction, but it happens).

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 10:01 PM ET
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"Maybe I will put a condition that says "give me a clue what size book I will be getting" <grin>.  "

the <grin> at the end meant I was just joking. thanks Judye