Re: RARA-AVIS: Paperback question

James Rogers (
Mon, 8 Mar 1999 14:05:48 -0600 (CST) At 04:57 PM 3/8/99 +0000, Dr. Frank G. wrote:
>Paul <> wrote:
>> Biogs: I have a trade pbk copy of...
>Just a short technical question:
>What does the term "trade" paperback mean (vs. "ordinary" paperback)?
>(In Germany every book with a soft cover is called "pocket book",
>even if you need a medium sized suitcase to carry it around.)

A lot of folks use the term to refer to just about any oversized
paperbound book....the term, however, really has nothing to do with the
physical appearance of the book . It just refers to whether the book is
marketed and distributed through the "trade" outlets (i.e., bookstores) or
through the "mass-market" outlets (drugstores, airport news-stands, etc.).

James Michael Rogers
Mundus Vult Decipi

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