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Subject: Help!!! Paperback vs Mass market paperback
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 6:06 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2013
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I just received a book that was marked paperback but it's actually a mass market paperback. I thought the "book type" differentiated between the two, when you search for a book. I don't mean to make a fuss about it but I actually can't read the microscopic print. How do I handle this issue going forward. Thanks in advance.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 6:13 PM ET
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I always click on the amazon link, and then read the description of the book on there.  It will usually say how many pages and the measurements of the book on amazon. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 6:20 PM ET
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"Paperback", and "mass market paperback" are pretty much hit-or-miss here, since the same book can be reissued many times using the same ISBN. Even when you check with Amazon, there's sometimes a chance that what you'll receive will look different and still have the same ISBN. A mass market paperback can be posted under the simpler "paperback" listing as long as the ISBN matches.

You're best bet may be to set up requester conditions that ask that the book only be sent if it is the larger version.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 6:22 PM ET
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Thanks for the advice. I just looked up the book on amazon.  It has a mass market paperback version, as well as a paperback version. I will check amazon from now on. I'll just chalk it up as a lesson learned, not to go by what's listed on this site.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 6:26 PM ET
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Awesome! I didn't know that option was available. Thanks  Lisa & thekoose.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 3:38 PM ET
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Amazon isn't always correct, so I think your best bet is an RC or a PM to the person you're requesting it from.