A paperback is a book with a paper cover, instead of a soft cover. If you wait to buy a book until it comes out as a paperback, you'll save money.

In the 1830s and 40s, publishers began offering inexpensive versions of already-published books with paper covers, and the word paperback followed in 1888. Paperbacks are popular because they're smaller, lighter, and less expensive than their stiffly bound hardcover counterparts. A paperback edition of a book is usually released about a year after the book is first published in hardcover, although some books, called paperback originals, are published only in paperback form.

Definitions of paperback
  1. adjective
    (of books) having a flexible binding
    synonyms: paperbacked
    secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form
  2. noun
    a book with paper covers
    synonyms: paper-back book, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
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    pocket book, pocket edition, pocketbook
    pocket-sized paperback book
    type of:
    book, volume
    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
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