Definition of paperback in English:



  • A book bound in stiff paper or flexible card.

    ‘the shelves were stacked with well-thumbed paperbacks’
    • ‘The usual gap between hardback and paperback publication of a book is roughly one year.’
    • ‘There are too many minor mistakes, which need correction before a paperback edition.’
    • ‘This concise guide booklet is only available as a paperback edition, and is sure to add value for anyone visiting the park.’
    • ‘Penguin remaindered the hardback when the paperback had scarcely had time to reach the shops.’
    • ‘We can only hope that the publishers will soon issue an inexpensive paperback edition.’
    • ‘He was in the city on Wednesday, to conduct a reading session and to launch the paperback edition of his debut book.’
    • ‘This article is excerpted from the new preface to the updated paperback edition.’
    • ‘It is a cheap paperback reprint of the second edition of a dictionary, of English as spoken in Jamaica.’
    • ‘Is it asking too much for the paperback edition to at least acknowledge that there's been some change?’
    • ‘Rhea handed him a thick paperback book with dog-eared corners.’
    • ‘His blockbuster titles have been topping both the paperback and hardback nonfiction lists.’
    • ‘The paperback edition is due to hit book stores across North America this month.’
    • ‘This paperback edition has a new introduction and some new illustrations and the text has been updated to include new materials.’
    • ‘She dug through her bag, fishing out a paperback book and a magazine.’
    • ‘Weighing in at 600 pages and combining two volumes in one paperback edition, it also includes around fifty photos and a dozen maps.’
    • ‘Here at last is a small paperback textbook to provide an introduction to the field.’
    • ‘This paperback edition can only help to increase Roth's growing fame.’
    • ‘It is a small paperback book easily available and still in print.’
    • ‘The paperback fourth edition includes more charts and graphs as well as a chapter on trading futures online.’
    • ‘The preliminary pages of the paperback edition give copious quotes from favourable reviews of the book in the major newspapers.’
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  • (of a book) bound in stiff paper or flexible card.

    ‘the paperback edition of her biography’


  • in paperback

    • In an edition bound in stiff paper or flexible card.

      ‘the novel is now available in paperback’
      • ‘This week's book review was published this year in paperback after its initial publication in hard cover last year.’
      • ‘This set him off on the idea of publishing literature in paperback, making it available cheaply and widely.’
      • ‘This book was published in hard back in November 1998 and is coming out in paperback in January 2000.’
      • ‘Let's hope for a quicker-to-read, smaller and cheaper reprinting in paperback.’
      • ‘First published in hardback in 2003, the book is now available in paperback.’