pa·​per·​back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio) \

Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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Other Words from paperback

paperback or less commonly paperbacked \ ˈpā-​pər-​ˌbakt How to pronounce paperback (audio) \ adjective

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 In May, an independent publisher, Skyhorse, acquired the book and announced plans to release it in paperback this month. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The bookstore accepts donations, and charges $3 per paperback book and $5 per hardcover book. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Henry Miller, the paperback book revolution and obscenity trials star in another chapter. Andy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Used books in good condition will be for sale, including adult, youth, and children’s hardback and paperback books, fiction and nonfiction., 14 May 2021 Instead of churning out only paperback and hardcover books, publisher strategy is shifting amid the rise of ebooks, audiobooks, and books that are printed on demand. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, 6 May 2021 By means of comparison, total hardcover publisher revenues last year increased 13% while paperback revenue rose 5.6%. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Here, on the heels of the paperback release of Nobody, Kalb offers her own takes on her most formative pop culture — with TV picks and so much more. Seija Rankin,, 22 Apr. 2021 Step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations throughout the 176-page paperback guide readers on preparing the soil, selecting plants (even which size to buy), watering and feeding them and protecting them from pests. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of paperback

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperback was in 1843

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9 Jun 2021

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“Paperback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paperback

: a book that has a thick paper cover


pa·​per·​back | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbak How to pronounce paperback (audio) \

Kids Definition of paperback

: a book with a flexible paper binding

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