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Subject: Question About Paperback Sizes
Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:33 PM ET
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When looking at the profile page for a book, how can I tell the difference between the small paperbacks and the larger ones that are almost the same size as hardbacks?  I don't like reading the small ones and much prefer either hardbacks or large paperbacks.  Thanks for your input!

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:44 PM ET
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If you click on the "Buy it from Amazon" link and scroll down to the product details you will see the measurements for the size of the book. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:50 PM ET
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The only way to check whether a book is MMPB (mass market paperbacks, the small ones) or Trade Paperback (the larger ones) is to check the size of that edition, which you can check in Amazon.

  • MMPB are around 4.33" x 7.01" in size
  • trade paperbacks are about 5.32" x 8.51"

So go to the Amazon page of the book (which you can find by clicking on the Buy from Amazon button), scroll down to the product details and see product dimenstions. If one of the sizes is larger than 8-8.5 inches, then you have a larger paperback in your hands.

Of course, this assumes that the information in Amazon is always right which may not always be the case. Also, some publishers reuse ISBNs so they may use the same ISBN with different size of paperbacks.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 1:13 PM ET
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Thanks so much for the info.  I will do that in the future.


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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 3:14 PM ET
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If you don't feel like going to another page but want to stay on PBS, you can always click the More Options button to the right of the cover image box, then choose Edit Book Data link from the dropdown menu.  This will bring you to the data page, and you can look at the dimensions we have on file for it.  The Data Team tries to work on getting the listings accurate, but verifying with another source is always a good idea, since the book dimensions we have on file may not always be right.

(And you can always add an RC about book size, stating your preference for larger sized books and requesting that the mass market size books (about 7" x 4" size) not be sent to you.)

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Date Posted: 6/7/2012 9:42 AM ET
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Also, it isn't uncommon for a  publisher to release more than one size under the same ISBN, such as trade-size and regular, or mmp.  All of those are pb's and could be posted to the same listing here (author, title, book type and ISBN would match). 

Amazon is one of the few sites that usually will have dimensions, but they are not always correct.  Common sense prevails - if it's a pb with 300 or less pages, it isn't going to weigh a lb or more!   Like PBS, they use database services and rely on members to make corrections.  The Book Depository is another site that usually has dimensions.  They are a UK site, so dimensions are in millimeters and grams, but there are lots of easy-to-use conversion sites such as sciencemadesimple.com .

If you truly prefer tpb's, then do consider Sianeka's suggestion to make it a requestor condition.  You might receive fewer books, but they would be what you want. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 10:00 AM ET
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If there is an amazon link, I always click on it.   Just to see what the dimentions of the book are and to make sure it is not a large print book.  Many, many times I do not know it is a large print book until I click on the amazon link.   The postings here do not always state that it is a large print book, and I don't want to accidently get one.

Last Edited on: 6/7/12 10:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 1