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

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Wed May 12 18:39:27 BST 2021


Trade paperbacks often also hold up better than standard paperbacks.

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 8:27 AM Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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