[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: category or genre of book that ...

Fred fred.fredex at gmail.com
Wed May 12 14:01:34 BST 2021


Most (if not all) of the trade paperbacks I've seen are actually printed on
a nicer grade of paper and possibly larger type.

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 8:56 AM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Wed, 12 May 2021 00:33:26 -0500, Mark Allums <mark at allums.email>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >On 5/11/2021 7:46 PM, Pouncer via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> >> I relay a question from a conversation, in hopes.
> >>
> >> What word  describes the general kind of book or literature
> >> for which I can only wave my hands and perhaps provide
> >> a few examples?
> >>
> >> This is a style of physical (dead tree) book that is
> >> neglected among e-books.  Every page is densely graphical.
> >> Intentionally set in non-standard lines.  Illustrated,
> >> sometimes the hand-lettered text constrained in shapes
> >> related to the concept being conveyed.  Often monochrome
> >> but if so, usually NOT Black on White.
> >>
> >> Ram Dass's  _Be Here Now_.  John Muir _How to Keep
> >> Your Volkswagon Alive_.  At the edges of the category
> >> might be Edward Tufte's _Visual Display of Quantitative
> >> Information_.  'Zines and anthologies of zines.
> >>
> >> A lot of the small- or self-published books in the
> >> 1970s and 80s were of this ... ilk?
> >>
> >> Suggestions?
> >>
> >Are you thinking of "trade"?  Large paperbacks are now referred to as
> >"trade" books, but I think the word could apply to anything except
> >mass-market paperbacks.
>
> AIUI, "Trade" paperback are just a size category.  The size being "just
> too big to fit on the shelves with the proper sized ones."
>
> I believe they are a cynical attempt to get people to buy stuff twice:
> the impatient will shell out for the "trade" version because they're
> desperate to read it, and then donate it to a charity shop and buy the
> rational-sized one for shelving.  Did it myself, too often, and then
> Kindle came along.
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