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I have something of an odd question. I've recently stumbled upon trade paperbacks - they're just like a mass market paperback, but they are a few inches bigger. I like the look and feel of them, so when I am getting books for collection as much as reading, I prefer this size where it's available.
I'm dusting off my old Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy and reading it, and I was wondering, do the newer additions come in trade paperback size? Anyone out there know for sure? Thanks in advance!
I don't believe so.
Trade versions are generally a step between hardbacks and the mass market versions. Some really popular books go from Hardback, to Trade, to MMPB but most genre books either go straight from HB to MMPB or from Trade to MMPB. HB to MMPB is much more common since publishers get more profit from hardbacks, though the most common is just releasing a MMPB version. I sometimes see hardback Dragonlance books, but I don't think I've ever seen Trade sizes.
One easy way to tell is to click the "Buy from Amazon" link, then scroll down to the "Product Details" section that's between the professional reviews and the customer reviews. It has the dimensions listed. You'd want to check for each of the editions linked on PBS's page. This isn't guaranteed though, since ISBNs can be reused from Trade to MMPB, but it's generally correct. Here's a typical set of dimensions for a MMPB:
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
If you see a paperback with larger dimensions than that, it's probably a trade or one of the new in-between sizes.