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Subject: Paperback size
Date Posted: 9/4/2017 3:09 PM ET
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The old size paperback usually has a smaller print size making it hard to read.  But the new larger size paperbacks are wonderful.  How can I see what size paperback it is before I order it?

Date Posted: 9/4/2017 4:55 PM ET
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The larger sized paperbacks are referred to as "trade paperbacks" (as opposed to the smaller "mass market" paperbacks.) The larger size doesn't guarantee larger print, but yes, they are often easier to read.

There's a two step process for getting the trade paperbacks, and you can use one or both of them.

1) Copy the ISBN and look it up on a site like Amazon, Target or the publisher's website. Often the listing will include the book's dimensions. (This is a good indicator, but not a guarantee, since occasionally a publisher will publish both a mass market and a trade edition using the same ISBN.)

2) Set up Requestor Conditions stating that you do not want mass market paperbacks. Not everyone will know that term, so you can describe them as the smaller-sized paperback that is often found in a supermarket check-out isle or airport kiosk. Be sure to turn your Requestor Conditions on any time you are ordering a paperback. (You can turn them off if you're ordering a hardcover or audio.) If you have a Wish List book on auto-request, it will automatically have the RC attached if you leave the RCs turned on. You can read more about Requestor Conditions in the Help Center.

I like trade paperbakcs, and I use step 1, but not step 2, and it has worked for me. I'm sure other members will have other ideas for you. :-)



Last Edited on: 9/4/17 4:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/4/2017 5:52 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Some publishers use different ISBNs for the two sizes. Some don't. It is up to the publisher. Must make for a crazy inventory, with the price differences in size.

Date Posted: 9/6/2017 3:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2008
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And now there are some paperback books that are the width of a mass market paperback but the height of a trade paperback.  Just what we need is yet another option to confuse things even more!

Date Posted: 9/7/2017 4:06 AM ET
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Oh, gosh, Valerie. Do you know what they're calling them?

Date Posted: 9/7/2017 3:06 PM ET
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They're usually called  Mass Market Tall... The easiest way to tell is if the list price is $9.99 or $9.95 or $10.00.

If PBS does not show the list price, go to Amazon to see their listing and the list price.

PBS will show the height as 7.3 inches. - To see the book height go to "Other Option" "Edit Book Data". (Please don't use the "Submit Edits" button)

Inside the book you can see the publisher calls them a "Premium Edition".

Date Posted: 9/7/2017 5:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2006
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All books published by HarperLuxe (a HarperCollins imprint) are larger print.  Just off-hand that's the only imprint I know that is larger print exclusively.  They will show as large print on most bookseller sites (and here, until we edit it) but the publisher website states they are all larger print (14 pt) and all are 9x6 paperbacks.  Lots of authors (Jodi Picoult, Michael Crichton, Debbie Macomber, James Rollins, Paul Coelho, etc).  From advanced search, you can search by publisher name only, then scan through and see what is offered...

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2017 10:16 AM ET
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I like Nora Roberts' name for those tall MMPs. She calls them Venti sized. smiley