Paperback, softback, or softcover describe and refer to a book by the nature of its binding. Pan Books is an Imprint which first became active in the 1940s and is now part of the British-based Macmillan Publishers owned by German publishers Enemy Coast Ahead is a book written by Wing Commander Guy Gibson V Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, RAF ( 12 August 1918 – A Book is a set or collection of written printed illustrated or blank sheets made of Paper, Parchment, or other material usually fastened together Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a Book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of Paper or other material The covers of such books are usually made of paper or cardboard, and are usually held together with glue rather than stitches or staples. A book cover is a protective covering used to bind together the pages of a Book. Paper is thin material mainly used for writing upon printing upon or packaging Cardboard is a generic non-specific term for a heavy duty Paper based product Glue or adhesive is a compound that adheres or bonds two items together
Paperback editions of books are issued when a company decides to release a book in a low cost format. The lack of a hard cover, stitched bindings, and frequently the use of cheaper paper, contribute to the inherent low cost of paperbacks, especially when compared to the average cost of hardcovers. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth
Paperbacks can be the preferred medium when a book is not expected to be a major seller, or in other situations where the publisher wishes to release a book without putting forth a large investment. Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view Examples include many novels, and new editions or reprintings of older books. Publishers must balance the larger profit to be made by selling a small number of hardcovers (including sales to libraries, which prefer hardcovers) with a large profit per unit -- against the potentially larger profit to be made by selling a large number of paperbacks with a small profit per unit. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth Many modern books, especially genre fiction, are first editions in paperback. Genre fiction is a term for fictional works ( Novels short stories) written with the intent of fitting into a specific Literary genre It is only the best-selling of books, such as 2003's The Da Vinci Code, which can maintain its sales in hardcover sufficiently to delay a paperback edition for longer than a year. The Da Vinci Code is a controversial mystery / detective Novel by US author Dan Brown, published in 2003 by Doubleday
Inexpensive books bound in paper have existed since at least the 19th century and exist in a number of formats that have specific names, such as pamphlets, cheap editions, yellowbacks, dime novels and railway novels. A pamphlet is an unbound Booklet (that is without a hard cover or binding) This article is about US novels For the British versions see Story papers and Penny Dreadfuls. Today most paperbacks are called either "mass-market paperback" or "trade paperback", the differences of which are described later.
The 20th century mass-market paperback format was pioneered by German publisher Albatross Books in 1931 but the experiment was cut short. Albatross Books was a German publishing house based in Hamburg that produced the first modern Mass market paperback books Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In England Penguin Books adopted many of Albatross's innovations, for instance the conspicuous logo and the color-coded covers for different genres, beginning in 1935, and was an immediate financial success. Penguin Books is a British Publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. Year 1935 ( MCMXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. British publisher Allen Lane launched the Penguin imprint in 1935, with 10 reprint titles; this started the paperback revolution in the English-language book market. Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view Sir Allen Lane ( 21 September 1902 &ndash 7 July 1970) (born Allen Lane Williams) was a British Publisher who Penguin Books is a British Publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. Number one on the Penguin list of 1935 editions was André Maurois's Ariel. André Maurois, born Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog, ( July 26, 1885 &ndash October 9, 1967) was a French author and man of letters
Allen Lane intended to produce cheap books. He bought paperback rights from publishers, ordered huge print runs (e. g. , 20,000 copies) to keep unit prices low, and looked to non-traditional book selling retail locations. Unit price is a valuation method for buyers who purchase in bulk Booksellers were initially reluctant to buy his books. But Woolworths, placed a large order on the books, and the books sold extremely well. This article is about the British Woolworths Group plc, and its stores After this initial success, booksellers were no longer reluctant to stock paperbacks. The word "Penguin" became closely associated with the word "paperback".
Robert de Graaf, in 1939, issued a similar line in the USA, partnering with Simon & Schuster to found the Pocket Books imprint. Simon & Schuster Inc, a division of CBS Corporation, is a Publisher founded in New York in 1924 by Richard L Pocket Books is a division of Simon & Schuster that primarily publishes Paperback books The term "pocket book" became synonymous with paperback in English-speaking North America. This article deals with the general meaning of the term "synonym" In Québec, the term "livre de poche" was used, and continues to be used today. Quebec (kwɨˈbɛk De Graaf, like Lane, negotiated paperback rights from other publishers, and produced large print runs. His practices contrasted with those of Lane in his adoption of illustrated covers, aimed at the North American market. In order to reach an even larger market than Lane had, he went the mass market route, through distribution networks of newspapers and magazines, which had a lengthy history of being aimed (in format and distribution) at mass audiences. This was the beginning of mass market paperbacks.
Because of its position as Number One in what became a very long list of Pocket editions, James Hilton's Lost Horizon is often cited as the first American paperback book, which is not correct. James Hilton ( September 9, 1900 &ndash December 20, 1954) was an Oscar -winning English Novelist, and author Lost Horizon is a 1933 Novel by English writer James Hilton. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian The first mass-market, pocket-sized, paperback book printed in America was an edition of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, produced by Pocket Books as a proof-of-concept in late 1938, sold in New York City, and now very collectible. Pearl S Buck ( Traditional Chinese: 賽珍珠 Simplified Chinese: 赛珍珠 Pinyin: Sài Zhēnzhū ( June 26, The Good Earth is a Novel by Pearl S Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. The City of New York
A number of companies entered the paperback publishing field in the United States in the years after Pocket Books' inception, including Ace, Dell, Bantam, Avon and dozens of other smaller publishers. Ace Books is the oldest active specialty Publisher of Science fiction and Fantasy books Dell Publishing was an American publisher of Books, Magazines, and Comic books. Bantam Books is a major US publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group Avon Publications was an American paperback book and Comic book publisher At first, paperbacks consisted entirely of reprints, but publishers soon found it economic to publish original works. Genre categories began to emerge, and mass market book covers reflected those categories. Mass market paperbacks had an impact on slick magazines (slicks) and pulp magazines. Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally Pulp magazines (or pulp fiction; often referred to as "the pulps" were inexpensive Fiction magazines The market for cheap magazines diminished when buyers went to cheap books instead — one factor in this was that the content included in both formats crossed over — authors also found themselves abandoning magazines, and writing for the paperback market. Many pulp magazine cover artists were hired by paperback publishers to entice readers with their exciting artwork. Many well-known authors were published in paperback, including Arthur Miller and John Steinbeck, and some, like Dashiell Hammett, were published as paperback originals. Arthur Asher Miller (October 17 1915 &ndash February 10 2005 was an American Playwright and Essayist. John Steinbeck III (February 27 1902—December 20 1968 was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century Samuel Dashiell Hammett ( May 27, 1894 — January 10, 1961) was an American Author of Hardboiled detective
World War II brought both new technology and a wide readership of men and women now in the military or employed as shift workers; paperbacks were cheap, readily available, and easily carried. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Furthermore, people who found that restrictions on travel brought them more time to read read more paperbacks. Four colour printing and lamination developed for military maps made the paperback cover eye catching and kept ink from running as people would examine the cover of the book. A laminate is a material constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together A revolving metal rack was designed to display a wide variety of paperbacks in a small space that found its way into drugstores, dimestores, and markets. A variety store or price-point retailer is a Retail store that sells inexpensive items usually with a single Price point for all items in the
U. S. paperbacks quickly entered the Canadian market, because the newspaper and magazine distribution network was controlled by U. S. companies. Canadian mass-market paperback initiatives in the 1940s included White Circle Books, a subsidiary of Collins (UK); it was fairly successful but was soon outstripped by the success of Harlequin which began in 1949 and, after a few years of publishing fragile editions of undistinguished novels, focused on the romance genre and became one of the world's largest publishers. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a Toronto, Ontario-based company that is the world's leading publisher of series romance and Women's fiction.
McClelland and Stewart entered the Canadian mass market book trade in the early 1960s, with its "Canadian best seller library" series (at a time when Canadian literary culture was beginning to be popularized, and a call for a Canadian author identity was discussed by the Canadian masses). McClelland & Stewart is a Canadian publishing company It was founded in 1906 as McClelland and Goodchild by John McClelland and Frederick Goodchild both originally employed See Egg Head or Quality Paperbacks for McClelland and Stewart's paperback line. McClelland & Stewart is a Canadian publishing company It was founded in 1906 as McClelland and Goodchild by John McClelland and Frederick Goodchild both originally employed
Paperbacks include inexpensive "mass market paperbacks", in the standard "pocketbook" format generally printed on inexpensive paper, which will discolor and disintegrate over a period of decades, and more expensive "trade paperbacks" in larger formats printed on quality paper, sometimes acid-free paper. Acid-free paper is Paper that has a neutral or basic PH (7 or slightly greater
"A Format" paperbacks are 110mm x 178mm (4. 33" x 7. 01")in size, "B Format" paperbacks are 130mm x 198mm (5. 12" x 7. 8"), while "C Format" (trade paperbacks) are 135mm x 216mm (5. 32" x 8. 51"). 
A mass market paperback (MMP or MMPB) is a small, usually non-illustrated, and inexpensive bookbinding format. Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a Book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of Paper or other material They are commonly released after the hardback edition, and often sold in non-traditional bookselling locations such as airports, drug stores, and supermarkets, as well as in traditional bookstores. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth Airport novels represent a Literary genre that is not so much defined by its plot or cast of Stock characters as much as it is by the social function it Customer divider barjpg|thumb|In supermarkets sellers periodically change prices for classes of goods in response to market conditions rather than negotiating the price of each good Many titles, especially in the area of genre fiction, are first editions in paperback and never receive a hardcover printing. This is particularly true of first novels by new authors. 
Mass market paperbacks are distinguished from hardbacks by the different business practices that publishers and booksellers apply to them. When booksellers note that books have been in stock a while and have not sold, they may return them to the publisher for a refund or credit on future orders. However, in the case of mass market paperbacks, this "return" usually means stripping the front cover, returning that for credit, and pulping the book itself. Pulping is the process of converting Wood or lignocellulosic nonwood material to separated pulp fibers for papermaking Changes in the costs of printing relative to the costs of shipping have led to the creation of trade paperbacks, which are similar in format to mass market paperbacks, but larger (near hardback size), usually printed on higher quality paper, and with different returns policies applied to them.
The mass market paperbacks sold in airport newsstands have given rise to the vaguely defined literary genre of the "airport novel", bought by travellers to escape the hours of sitting and waiting. A newsagent ( British English) newsagency ( Australian English) or newsstand ( American English) is often a small business that sells Airport novels represent a Literary genre that is not so much defined by its plot or cast of Stock characters as much as it is by the social function it Escapism is mental diversion by means of Entertainment or Recreation, as an "escape" from the perceived unpleasant aspects of daily stress.
A trade paperback (TPB), sometimes referred to as a trade paper edition, is a standard-sized or large-sized paperback book. If it is a softcover edition of a previous hardcover edition, and if published by the same publishing house as the hardcover, the text pages are normally identical to the text pages in the hardcover edition, and the book is usually the same size as the hardcover edition. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth The only difference is the soft binding; and the quality of the paper is usually higher than that of a mass market paperback. Paperback, softback, or softcover describe and refer to a Book by the nature of its binding.
Trade paperbacks are typically priced less than hardcover books and higher than mass market paperbacks. Virtually all "Advance Reader's Copies" are issued in trade paperback format. An advance copy, also known as an advance reading copy or ARC, is a copy of a Book released by its publisher before the book has gone to press
In the medium of comic books, trade paperback comics are used to reprint several issues of a comic series in one volume, usually an important storyline or the entire series itself. In Comics, a trade paperback ( TPB or simply trade) refers to a collection of stories originally published in comic books, reprinted in book format A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative In Comics, a trade paperback ( TPB or simply trade) refers to a collection of stories originally published in comic books, reprinted in book format Graphic novels are also sometimes found in trade paperback form. A Publishers sometimes release popular collections first in a hardback form, followed by a trade paperback months later. Books that have done this include Marvel Comics' Secret War and DC Comics' Identity Crisis amongst many others. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Secret War is a five-issue Comic book Limited series published by Marvel Comics. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Identity Crisis is a seven-issue Comic book Limited series published by DC Comics in 2004, written by Brad Meltzer Comic book trade paperbacks are listed at Millarworld's trade paperback list.