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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.
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