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Subject: Paperback sizes?
Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:29 AM ET
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Is there a way to tell the size of a paperback that is posted? I have ordered two different books that were marked paperbacks and when I received them, they were actually mass market or trade paperbacks. That means the print is much smaller than the oversized paperbacks typical of the Christian Fiction genre. It was a big disappointment to get these when I was expecting the larger PB. I don't want to have to go to the bookstore and write down ISBN's to make sure I am ordering the right size but I don't know what else could be done. The print is a problem as well as the fact that when I am collecting a series I would prefer all the books be the same size. Help if you can! 

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:37 AM ET
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When ordering paperbacks, I always double check the ISBN on amazon before ordering.  Amazon will generally list whether something is MMP or trade sized paperback.  Our system depends on the accuracy of the person who started the listing, which often times is just a member who does not think to put that the paperback is MMP.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:40 AM ET
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Sometimes they also reissue tradesize books into mmp and reuse ISBNs.  Heck they do this when reissueing hardbacks as well.  ISBNS aren't tied to one book-publishers can and do reuse them. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:03 AM ET
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If you go to the book listing and go into Edit Book Data, you will see the measurements and the book usually will be a Trade size if its listed at 8.1 or higher MMP are usually 7.5 or smaller. 

That doesn't guarantee that you will not get a MMP if the listing says paperback and has the Trade size measurements. If they were both issued under the same ISBN, then the person with the MMP is perfectly fine to post their MMP.

PBS's book listing is not manually created for this system. It mines info from other data bases and many do not distinguish MMP from Trade size books, The binding is also one of the things that PBS usually will not edit unless there are no books posted to the system and it can be shown that the listing is just wrong.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:17 AM ET
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Thank you for your help. Melanie, I tried the edit book info and that was great advice. I saw the measurements and will check there from now on.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:25 AM ET
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I have had the same problem, so if it is a book that I really want only in the trade size, I PM the sender immediately and ask that they make sure their book is the 9 x 6 trade size (or whatever it is) that I wanted or to please cancel the order. I have had no problem since doing this.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Some people have RCS asking only for tradesize or mass market size. Just be sure to clarify what they are as some people just don't know. 

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 3:24 AM ET
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And if you do a RC about the size, it seems to help if you include very briefly why.  Poor eyesight or arthritis problems would explain the size request; so the folks who turn down any RC that is too picky might not automatically turn you down.