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What Is The Difference Between Trade Paperback and Mass Market Paperback?

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What is a Trade Paperback?

A Trade Paperback is a softer version of the hardcover books and has paper thin covers, although thicker than the pages. The covers are sometimes better in design compared to the hardcovers, but mostly not. Trade Paperbacks are produced in more quantities and hit the stores with more numbers compared to hardcovers. The quality of hardcovers is better than that of paperbacks, not just in the quality of the covers but also the paper quality. The quality of the paperbacks depends on the publishing house but is good nonetheless. They mostly come in the size of 6”x 9”, which mostly is as same as the size of the hardcovers, not always though.

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Hardcover vs Trade Paperback vs Mass Market Papeback

What is Mass Market Paper Backs?

Mass Market Paperbacks are like a more rough and raw version of the paperbacks, meant for readers who are looking out for a more reasonable version of the same book. Therefore, the price is pretty less compared to paperbacks, but so it the quality of the paper and the cover. They are mass marketed and sold in large quantities, not typically at reputed bookstores and mostly elsewhere. They mostly come in a quite compact and pocket size fashion of 4”x 6” or 4” x 7”, which means it is smaller, thinner and softer than the paperbacks, but just with a more watered quality.

What is The Difference Between A Trade Paperback And A Mass Market Paperback?

The difference between a Trade Paperback and a Mass Market Paperback is just this — a Mass Market Paperback is smaller in size, has low-quality pages, is cheaper, readily available at bus stops, railway stations and small bookstores, and has low-quality cover.

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