Books come in many shapes and sizes. Small books, big books, long books, short books (as Dr. Seuss might say). They come in different colors, with different pictures on their covers (or no pictures at all). They have tiny writing or big, bold letters with 3-inch margins. Almost no two books are the same. However, there is one type of book that I always prefer over any other — the trade paperback.
Types of Books
For the most part, books come in two different general types: Hardcover and paperback. Hardcover speaks for itself — it’s any book that has a hard cover. Paperback books, though, get further broken up into trade paperback and mass market paperback. Trade paperbacks are, for the most part, a bit larger than mass market paperback books, printed on higher quality paper with a larger, more spread out font and printing style. Mass market paperbacks, are smaller in size and printed on lower quality paper. These are the types of books you’ll see at airport newsstands. Wikipedia has a great article on paperbacks that really defines the differences between the two types of paperbacks.
Why Trade Paperbacks Rock
This article, however, is my “shout out” for the trade paperback. Many people claim that the hardcover version of a book is the best. While it is often the best in terms of simple quality (the paper, the ink, etc.), from the practical standpoint of actually being able to read a book, nothing beats the trade paperback.