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Subject: How do you say what size paperback you want.
Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:07 AM ET
Member Since: 6/27/2010
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The last couple of times when I have put in for a book I have been sent the larger print paperback book. Is there a way so that I can request the regular size paperback? I am need to this so I don't understand all the sizes that are out there.



Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:20 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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Before you order the book, click on the copy available and it should tell you the format.  If it is a wish listed book, make sure you only list the book in the format you want.

Hope this helps.


Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:23 AM ET
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Trade is the larger paperback size, MMP or Mass Market Paperback is the smaller size.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:46 AM ET
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Are you saying you received a Large Print book, or that you received one of the larger sized paperback books?  Large Print books should be indicated in the listing, but if the ISBN was used for both LP and regular print, then a listing that doesn't say anything could be both. A listing that says its Large Print can only be used for LP and someone sending a smaller font is violating posting requirements.

As for the size of the book, sometimes you can tell, sometimes you can't. If there are multiple listings for a book then there is a better chance that a different ISBN was assigned to different sizes and you can look on the Book details page under Other Options - Edit Book Data and look at the size there or go to another site like Amazon and look. The problem is that a listing that says "paperback" can be any size paperback book as long as the ISBN is correct and many publishers put the same ISBN on all sizes.

The only way to ensure the right size is to set up a Requester Condition stating the size you are looking for. Usually the larger "trade size" ones are at least 8 inches tall and 5 inches wide so you could say you don't want books over those measurements.

Any listings that say Mass Market Paperback should be the smaller sized paperbacks.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 12:58 PM ET
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Any listing that has the word Trade under the publisher's name should be the large size.  At least one publisher shows up with like that.  Berkley Trade rather than just Berkley.

I'd recommend using both the term and the size in inches if you are going to add a RC.