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Subject: Large print Vs larger print
Date Posted: 11/4/2012 11:40 AM ET
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Does anyone know how big larger print is ?  I know large print books have to be 16 pt  to be large print

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 12:02 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure Larger Print is a 14 font.  It isn't large enough to meet that 16 font standard of Large Print. 

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 12:26 PM ET
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Is there an official designation?  Or does Larger Print merely mean anything between average size and 'official' Large Print?

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 1:06 PM ET
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Don't know about 'official designation' but the times I've seen 'larger print' used, it's so marked that way on the book.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 6:57 PM ET
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Harlequin uses the designation Larger Print. It isn't large enough to qualify as Large Print, which has a minimum of 16 font. The Larger Print is in mass market paperbacks. 

(They have a line of mysteries in this format, not just romances.)  The big benefit seems to be that these are light weight books with slightly larger type.  Great for folks who cannot hold the heavy Large Print HBs.

The official Large Print usually shows up in trade sized or hardbacks.



Last Edited on: 11/4/12 9:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 5:09 PM ET
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I was wondering what's going on with this as our FOL used book shop where I volunteer has been getting a lot more books for our large print shelf and I noticed a different sized font showing up in some of those. Thanks for the explanation!
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 6:35 PM ET
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I ask because  a love inspired larger print book I tried to post  came up as large print  and when I look at my shelf I see a lot of the larger print books say large print in the discription.

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 6:45 PM ET
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The Book Data folks have some guidelines set up regarding this.  I think we really need one of them to answer this.  But it is my understanding that PBS does not want the Larger Print to be under the Large Print binding type.

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 7:22 PM ET
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As a data approver, I work with a lot of Larger Print/Large Print books and I'll try and shed some light on this type of book.

First, Emily is right - Larger Print books are usually a 14-point type while Large Print books are anything above 16-point.

And Emily is right about this, too - if a book is an acknowledged "Larger Print" book, we do not want them to be marked as a Large Print book - they do not qualify. In fact, wherever possible, when we can, we put this little blurb "Larger Print is an easier to read format only; it does not meet the industry standards for Large Print." in the description box and we put (Larger Print) in the title line so that members will know the distinction.

Terry referenced the Love Inspired Larger Print books - these books usually have the phrase "Larger Print" on the cover which helps distinguish these from regular print books. You'll also see a lot of Harlequin and Silhouette series books that also use this book type.

Unfortunately, a while back, we didn't know that Larger Print books were not a "true" Large Print font size and so you may find some of these "Larger Print" books incorrectly checked Large Print. We are in the process of trying to correct these as we find them.

Terry: if you want to send the ISBNs to me directly via a PM, I'll be glad to look into this further for you.

Please be aware that the publisher Harlequin (which include the Love Inspired books) has also begun publishing "True Large Print" type books. I've seen these specifically in the Love Inspired series so be aware that those books ARE actually Large Print books and should be marked as such. These books (so far) are marked "True Large Print" on the cover.

In addition, there is a publisher - HarperLuxe - that is an imprint of HarperCollins, these books are printed in a larger, easier to read type size (14 pt.).  They publish many well-known mainstream authors, and a variety of genres.  These are Larger Print books - always.

You might also see the term "Easyread Print" on some series books - these are treated just like Larger Print books. They are NOT Large Print books but the phrase the publisher used before "Larger Print" became popular.

I think I've covered just about everything I can think of - hope it helped.

Terry - let me know if I can help you - just PM me.



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Date Posted: 11/5/2012 11:15 PM ET
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So, "Larger Print " should show up in the title and in the book description. But it should not show up in the binding type. Large Print has a separate special binding type, letting us search only Large Print books.

This would still let us use the advanced search to look for the term Larger Print in the title. But the books should not show up if we do a Large Print format only search.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 9:30 AM ET
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I love books and I love to read but i don't want to post books the wrong way. I find I learn something new here everyday.  Paula was kind enough to do the data edit for the books on my shelf. Happy reading everyone

Date Posted: 11/7/2012 6:34 PM ET
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Paula is amazing!