I received an interesting email and photo from Jean, who says she found a heretofore unknown paperback book size. It’s not the tall and thin “venti sized” paperbacks I saw a few years ago. This is a short and wider paperback. As Jean wrote,
I came across a beast that does not exist on the internet. A mass market paperback in a new format size for $9.99. But… Instead of being the same width as a MM, just taller, this one is a smidge taller but an inch wider…. Specifically, 5.125 x 7.125
Harper/Simon & Schuster/Pocket/Avon…
It has a different ISBN number than the regular MM version, and no amount of googling or scanning or searching all the usual places revealed anything about where this came from.
What, huh? Maybe a WallyWorld special edition? Pretty much everything I buy is e, these days, but I can’t help look at the cheap p when I’m at Target or WallyWorld.
Photographic evidence attached…
Have a look – click to embiggen.
Mass markets, correct me if I’m wrong, are 4.1 x 6.6 – but according to Jean’s figures, this one is definitely wider. I didn’t see any size like this one on Amazon or BN – perhaps she’s right and it’s a brand new, Walmart-only size experiment.
Jean also asked at a local BN about the new size: “No one knows. I talked to a B&N manager last night and He was just as confused as me.”
So, time to name it! Jean votes the “Grande” size – I agree with her. Definitely not a “tall.”
What do you think? Have you seen these? I confess, I do not have a WalMart near me, but the next time I’m in Target, I’ll peek in the book section there, too. Anyone seen these? Are they a WalMart exclusive?