- a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book.
- (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell's novel.
- of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore.
Also softcover; pa·per·bound [pey-per-bound] /ˈpeɪ pərˌbaʊnd/, softbound (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of paperback
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Examples from the Web for paperback
Paperback publishers distributed their titles in African-American neighborhoods because it expanded their market base.
What had been the greatest asset of the paperback revolution,” observes Rabinowitz, “became its greatest danger.
On the back cover of the first paperback edition we get a glimpse of the media buzz.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
Knopf has sold more than 400,000 copies, and the book has never been out of print in hardcover or paperback.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
September 16, 2014
LaBrava won the Edgar award in 1984; the paperback rights went for $360,000—his first big score with the publishers.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
This book is available in both a hardcover and paperback edition.The Loom of Youth
He realized that the kid had a paperback book stuck in the waistband of his bangbanger shorts, which was unusual.Makers
Since 1946 he has been editor of a publishing house specializing in paperback books.The Secret of the Ninth Planet
Donald Allen Wollheim
- a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaplyCompare hardback
- of or denoting a paperback or publication of paperbacks
- to publish in paperback
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Word Origin and History for paperback
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