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Subject: This may be a dumb question..but
Date Posted: 9/17/2010 2:16 PM ET
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What kind of book is a Turtleback ?

While I was looking for books for my daughter I came across this.

Date Posted: 9/17/2010 2:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/17/2010 2:23 PM ET
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A paperback with some form of cardboard stock affixed to the endpapers to make it more durable, like a sort of semi-hardbound edition. Also this term is used when the covers have been removed and pasted, sometimes under laminate, to a much sturdier binding. These are often found in libraries, especially in school libraries on popular fiction most commonly (and cheaply) found in softcover editions. Hence 'turtleback', because a shell has been placed over the otherwise soft & relatively squishy innards of a paperback.

Often used by libraries for titles that require additional stability, this binding is a paperback thht is reinforced (often with cardboard, sometimes laminated.)  Turtleback books are sturdy editions that are priced about the same as paperback books.

Last Edited on: 9/17/10 2:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/17/2010 2:41 PM ET
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Thank you !