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Subject: Whats the difference between..
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:38 PM ET
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Some books come up as paperback and some as mass market paperback. Whats the difference ?

and is either one called a trade size or is that different also?

Thanks for helping.

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:46 PM ET
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The paperback listing can include any size paperback book, including the larger (approx 5X8) ones many of us call trade size. As long as the book is a soft covered book and not a hardback, it can go into that listing (including mass market paperbacks). 

The mass market paperback is the smaller, mass-produced paperbacks that are most common, (usually 4.2X7ish in size). 

 

edit to adjust approx sizes, though they will vary from those.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:48 PM ET
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Mass market paperbacks are the less-expensively bound books of the size you'd find in a supermarket check-out line or airport kiosk. 

Trade paperbacks are larger, often a little smaller than a hardcover.  The binding can be better than the mass market sized book.

Paperback is a general term that can refer to either of these, as well as other sizes.

 

ETA: oops! posted at the same time as Melanie.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:50 PM ET
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Trade size is a bigger size than mass market (which is the size you might think of as a traditional small paperback) . Based on a quick web search, mmpb's are 4 1/4" x 7" while trades are often 5 1/2" by 8 1/2". And then there are plenty of variations depending on the publisher and the era. Traditionally, I think, mmpb's were made with cheaper, thinner paper, but I don't know if that's the case anymore.



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Date Posted: 1/16/2012 2:52 AM ET
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What Melanie said.  MMPB is the smaller, traditional pocketbook size.  Paperback covers all sizes of paperback editions big and small.

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 9:01 AM ET
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If the listing doesn't say MMPB and I want to make sure it's a trade sized, I always click on the "buy from Amazon" link and check out the dimensions of the book there.

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 4:12 PM ET
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Thanks everyone , I was really confused. I have a book thats says it has 9 peeps on the WL but mine says only one copy in the system.