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Subject: What's the difference between Mass Market Paperback and ....
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 11:58 PM ET
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I know I probably know the answer, but what's the difference between:

1.  Paperback  - some books are listed just as 'PAPERBACK"

2.  Mass Market Paperback

3.  Trade Paperback

Is it the size of the paperback that makes the difference?    


Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 12:05 AM ET
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Yes its the size.

Mass market is small and usually inexpensize book binding.

Trade paperback is about the same size as the hard cover edition, kinda like a large sized paperback book

The books that are marked as "paperback" on PBS may either be mass market or trade paperback. Your best bet to tell the difference is depending how old the book is. If it's a newer book and says paperback then it's probably a trade paper back. But if it's on older book like stephen king then it's probably mass market.

Hope that helps!


Nicole :)

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Date Posted: 6/15/2008 1:51 AM ET
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Thanks, It helped me too! 

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 4:25 AM ET
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There's also the new "Perfect Paperback" which is the width of a mass market or less, but about as tall as a trade paperback.  It's a new size that's supposed to be more comfortable to hold while reading, though I don't really find that to be true.

Usually books with ISBN's can be found on Amazon with measurements, btw.  When I'm looking for trade size that's how I check. 

for some reason I just love it when people get into the little details like this :)  Happy Swapping!

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 12:47 PM ET
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James, thank you for giving me a name for that new size paperback.  I've always called it the WTH? paperback!


Date Posted: 6/15/2008 1:04 PM ET
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I've seen the phrase "perfect paperback" on sites like Alibris and Amazon and honestly figured it was a reference to condition.  When I saw the new size/shape and heard the reason for it it seemed appropriate, since they were apparently trying to perfect the mass market paperback.  I think perfect paperback might technically refer to a way of binding the pages that differs from the standard MMP, being of higher quality, but it works for me and I'm glad you think it fits.

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 1:17 PM ET
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Thanks for the info.  I'm with the poster above who doesn't feel the "perfect paperback' is the 'perfect size'.  I find them very unwieldy to hold and read as I read in bed a lot.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 12:15 AM ET
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Okay, I still have another question is a mass market paperback what all paperback used to be say 20 years ago? Jean

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 6:51 AM ET
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Wikipedia did a nice job of giving some info on this subject

Paperback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia