paperback

noun

pa·​per·​back ˈpā-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio)
: a book with a flexible paper binding
paperback adjective
or less commonly paperbacked

Examples of paperback in a Sentence

The store sells both paperbacks and hardcovers. The book is sold only in paperback.
Recent Examples on the Web Similar in size to an average paperback, at around 6 inches by 9 inches, the book burst at the seams, brimming with words and pictures of peculiar plants, strange stars, and bathing female figures. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Read all about it in Andy’s book Tracers in the Dark, which is now out in paperback. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 27 Jan. 2024 That 180-degree flip in the world’s understanding of cryptocurrency’s privacy properties, and the epic game of cat-and-mouse that followed, is the larger saga that unfolds in the book Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency, out this week in paperback. Andy Greenberg, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 Lawrence Sumulong We’re all handed paperback copies of July’s book upon entering the performance space. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2024 In that world, the paperback edition is the second chance, an opportunity to market a book at a lower price and, in many cases, with new cover imagery aimed at new audiences. Miguel Salazar, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 The piece is an excerpt from WIRED writer Andy Greenberg's nonfiction thriller Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency, out this week in paperback. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 Hardcover sales have been so strong that Ecco has put off issuing a paperback edition, which is now tentatively scheduled for the winter of 2025. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2023 The 560-page paperback, which was part of a two-book deal that Corrain had signed with Del Rey, had received good early reviews and was to be published on May 14, 2024. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperback was in 1843

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“Paperback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paperback. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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paperback

noun
pa·​per·​back ˈpä-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio)
: a book with a flexible paper binding
paperback adjective

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