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Subject: Diff b/t Paperback and Mass Market??
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:45 PM ET
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Not sure if this is the right forum... but... what is the diffence b/t paperback books and mass market paperback book?? I saw someone doing a deal on "just" mass market and it really confused people. people thought the deal was on all paperbacks...

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:53 PM ET
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Mass market size is about 6 3/4 " x 4 1/4"

Other Paperbacks could be Trade size which are bigger. These are more expensive books.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:56 PM ET
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This has been addressed before, and what it boils down to is this:

"Mass Paperbacks" are the smaller paperbacks that are all a standard size.   These are the cheaper paperbacks that sell for $6.99 or $7.99.

"Paperback" is a more generic term that refers only to the cover of the book being a paperback.   It does not address the size of the book  at all.  It could be a mass paperback or a trade paperback.

Trade paperbacks are the larger, more expensive, and better quality paperback books.   They come in a variety of sizes, but all are larger than the mass paperbacks and the prices start at about $10.99 and go up from there. 

The really confusing part is that when PBS says a book is "Paperback", it could be a mass paperback book  OR a trade paperback.  In that case there is no way to know except looking it up on Amazon or B&N and checking out the size.

 



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 5:40 PM ET
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well, Lynne you can actually look up the dimensions of the book here on PBS and know if it is Trade or MM.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 5:41 PM ET
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It might also be useful to know that "mass market" paperbacks may also be referred to as "rack size" - as in the small-sized ones displayed on racks in grocery stores, drug stores, etc.
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:08 PM ET
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You're right, Christy.  I forgot that the dimensions of the book are part of the PBS description.  I'm just used to going to Amazon because they have more info that PBS does.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 6:28 PM ET
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Just so you dont feel silly, I work at a library and all our Mass market paperbacks have a yellow dot with PB written on it *sighs*  Yup even though any soft cover book IS also a paperback and they would not let me go with MM instead of PB..LOL

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 8:22 PM ET
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you can actually look up the dimensions of the book here on PBS and know if it is Trade or MM.

Ok maybe this is a dumb question but where in the description can you find the dimensions? I just looked at the first book on my WL and I couldn't find it. Normally, I just pop in the ISBN# on Google to confirm it's trade or mass market. But if there's an easier way I'd love to know.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:27 PM ET
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Click on the title, Leticia, to bring up the book, and then click on the down arrow way over on the right side, at the top, and choose "edit book data."

Just a caveat, though, the poster doesn't have to check this data before posting a book (only title, ISBN, and binding) so if it was entered wrong originally, the poster most likely would never notice.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Ahh! Ok it must just be missing it on the first book I checked on but I checked on a couple more and the info was filled in.

Thanks Patty. =)

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:46 PM ET
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Lynne said "'Paperback' is a more generic term that refers only to the cover of the book being a paperback.   It does not address the size of the book  at all.  It could be a mass paperback or a trade paperback."

Not only is Lynne correct from all I've seen on PBS, the problem in looking at the dimensions listed on a book on PBS is assuming the dimensions listed for that "paperback"  are correct. If it tells me that it is a "paperback" and the publisher used the same ISBN for the MM and the Trade, I can list either one of those to the same listing of "paperback" and the dimensions wouldn't necessarily be correct for my book.

Since "paperback" does not distinquish what size the book is, the listing may say that it is a 7"x4.25" book, but the publisher also used that ISBN for the Trade which is 8"x5" so I can still list my Trade "paperback" to that listing.

Also, the listing questions do not ask me what size the book is. If it listed as a "paperback" that's all it asks me, it doesn't ask me if it is a Premium, Mass Market, or Trade. It asks me does the ISBN match? Yep. Does the binding match? Yep, it's a PAPERBACK.

If there is a disctinction in the listing (ie if it says TRADE or MASS MARKET) then yeah, I agree, you have to post only the one that is listed, but if it only says "paperback" it only means "is it a paperback" not "Is it a Trade, Mass Market, or Premium" just is it a "paperback"