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Subject: How do you tell the size of a paperback book?
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:45 AM ET
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Is there a way to tell, when a book is discribed simply as paperback, whether it is a regular 8 inches by 3 inches or if it's the bigger bible sized version? 

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 2:52 AM ET
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You could try looking the ISBN up on Amazon and see if they give that info for the book. It is usually there but not always.
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 3:14 AM ET
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If you click on the title, then on "more options" --> "edit book data" you can see if the dimensions are there.  Often they are correct, but not always.  And the sender has no obligation to be sure the dimensions are correct when posting the book.  (The title, author, ISBN, and "book type" have to match the listing, along with large print, if that is mentioned.)  And checking Amazon is a great idea.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 11:33 AM ET
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I usually just check the original cost on Amazon. That tells me if it's Mass Market size, Tall Mass Market size, or Trade size.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 1:28 PM ET
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The size data on Amazon can be pretty unreliable -- I've seen folks that just put "8" in every box -- 8" wide, 8" tall, 8" thick, weighs 8 pounds, etc.

If you prefer one size or the other, you need a Requestor Condition to ensure it.

Date Posted: 5/25/2012 10:37 PM ET
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I do prefer the regular sized paperbacks, but I don't really care that much.  I just wondered if there was an easy way to tell for curiosity's sake.  Thanks, folks.