The term “mass market paperback” (or “MMP”) refers to a type of book that is both inexpensive and widely available. MMP books are usually mass-produced, meaning that they are printed in large quantities and sold through a variety of outlets, including supermarkets, drugstores, and airport kiosks.
They are also typically smaller than standard hardcover books, making them more convenient to carry around. They usually measure about 4½ × 7 inches or 11 × 18 centimeters for metric users.
While MMP books are often derided by literary snobs as “trashy” or “pulp fiction,” they can actually be quite enjoyable to read. Many best-selling authors have started out writing MMP books, and there is a growing market for quality MMP titles. If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, a mass market paperback might be just what you’re looking for.