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Subject: What does it mean when a book is labeled Mass Market Paperback?
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 3:07 PM ET
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I was looking up a book and many popped up for request.  However, there were some labeled Mass Market Paperback.  What is this? 

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 3:18 PM ET
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Paperbacks include inexpensive "mass market paperbacks", in the standard "pocketbook" format generally printed on inexpensive paper, which will discolor and disintegrate over a period of decades, and more expensive "trade paperbacks" in larger formats printed on quality paper, sometimes acid-free paper.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 3:58 PM ET
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So, Mass Market Paperbacks are of lesser quality than say one labeled just a paperback?

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 4:15 PM ET
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If it's labeled simply "paperback," it can be the mass market size, the larger trade size, or even the new in-between size - there's no way to know for sure unless each size has a unique ISBN.

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 5:44 PM ET
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Cozy - you're being generous about the life of the paper used in mmpb's these days!  I wouldn't give them 10 years at most.  They've gone to really poor quality paper in my opinion in the last 5 years.  And sometimes the printing and cutting of the pages are not good.  I'm even seeing muchh poorer glue being put in the spines.  I realize it's only my opinion - but I read mostly mmpb's and I have quite a collection of a TBR that covers many years!  Some of the newer ones look worse than some from the '80's.  Guess it's a sign of the times!

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 6:01 PM ET
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What helped me initially was when someone said that mass market paperbacks are the size generally sold in supermarkets and airports.  .

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 8:28 PM ET
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Ruth - that was just copied from a site that I goggled.    I have no opinion on it - was just trying to answer her question.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/14/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I borrowed Cozi's sig for use at another site (Ok, I really stole it... but I asked for her permission first... so it's more like borrowing)  :)

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Mass market paperbacks refers to the size. They are generally those little ones that fit in those metal paperback racks that spin around. Usually around 4" x 6.5". The trade paperbacks are more of a hard cover size but with a soft cover and printed in larger font.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 12:42 PM ET
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