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Subject: Turtleback????
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 5:38 PM ET
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I was wondering around this site and came across this:

War and Remembrance [Turtleback] by Wouk, Herman
Author: Herman Wouk
Book Type: Turtleback
Publication Date: 1992


WHAT is Turtleback?  IS this a mistake?   I am now sooooo curious about it, I'm almost temped to order it just to see what it is!!!        lol

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 5:49 PM ET
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I think the explanation given a while back when another member came across one was that it was a paperback with a hard cover added on.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:36 PM ET
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Thanks Chris - guess I missed that.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 1:36 PM ET
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Turtlebacks are usually young adult books used in classrooms and children's libraries. Companies like Perma-bound and Everbind make them almost indistructable with hard covers and no dustjacket. They're much more expensive than the normal paperback version.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 1:51 PM ET
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From www.demcomedia.com Hard Cover, Turtleback Prebound A Prebound book represents a paper book (either Trade Paper and Mass Market) purchased directly from the publisher which is then rebound with a hard cover. This category of binding offers the combination of hard cover durability but with a lower price than other hard cover books. Turtleback books feature a cover with matte-finish laminate over high-strength binder board, computer-enhanced cover art and TyvekŪ reinforced spines.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:53 PM ET
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Wow, I had no idea that books like that were called "turtlebacks"!! Thank for the info Carol! Personally I love it when I find those book at library sales. They are just so much studier and nicer then the plain paperbacks.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 7:53 AM ET
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I talked to my husband about it last night, (he used to work for Perma-Bound when he lived in Illinois) and he said it's a crappy process and will explain it to anyone who would like to know about how the process is actually done.  He did say it's a common practice when schools order mass quanitites of one book for the English Department.