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Subject: Turtleback?
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 8:43 AM ET
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I hope this is the right forum for asking this question: recently, I've been ordering some books for my seven-year-old niece and have come across some that are described as 'turtleback.' I'm guessing it doesn't involve the book being enclosed in a domed shell with corrugated edges. Please could someone explain this for me? Thanks.
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:25 AM ET
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Turtleback books are typically the size of a mass market paperback book. The covers are reinforced with cardboard and don't have a dust jacket. Sometimes they are laminated. You often see them in libraries as they hold up pretty well to the abuse of young readers.

susan/vt

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 1:04 PM ET
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What Susan said.  Turtleback are usually paperbacks professionally rebound as hardcovers.  When finished, they look like a hardcover edition of the MMPB...often used by schools and libraries b/c they last longer than just a paperback.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 2:05 PM ET
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Is that the same or different from "library binding"?

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:39 PM ET
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Different, Library Binding usually refers to a hardcover with full color illustrations instead of a dust jacket.  Turtleback usually begin as a mmpb, and are then sent to a specialized binding facility and re-bound (frequently done to classics & childrens library books).  The turtleback books at our school are mmpb classics, a closer look shows the cover is thicker and they are hardcover...otherwise appear exactly like the paperback (in fact, we have some mixed sets of classics with same cover pb and turtleback).

Think of those kids books, the 100-150 page color hardcovers on subjects such as individual States, Countries, Founding Father & Presidential biographies, Dolley Madison, etc.  Those are often published with Library Binding, and did not begin as a mmpb.



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Date Posted: 2/27/2011 8:27 PM ET
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It can also include some books that are initially bound in single ply pleather (I think of field identification manuals in specific).

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 5:42 PM ET
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Thanks, everyone. I've been seeing paperbacks rebound as hardbacks for years, but didn't know there was a special term used to describe them.