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Lord of the Rings - US Paperbacks

Ballantine has produced most of the paperback editions in the United States, with some from other publishers showing up over the years.

There are two general sizes of paperback produced in the United States - 4"x7" (typically called "mass market" paperbacks) and larger (typically called "trade" paperbacks). Because the difference between mass market and trade paperbacks has to due with business rules (how and if the books can be returned, etc.) and nothing to do with size, these terms are used generally in the book trade, and somewhat sloppily too. Most people mean the small form factor (4x7) when they say "paperback" and a larger form factor (similar to hardcover size) when they say "trade paperback" and for the most part, they would be right.

Pictures In Print Publisher Description
1965 Ace The Lord of the Rings - Ace Editions
1965 - 1973 Ballantine Lord of the Rings - Ballantine First Editions
1970 - 1975 Ballantine The Lord of the Rings - Ballantine Trade Paperback Special Edition
1973 - 1980 Ballantine The Lord of the Rings - Ballantine Tolkien Covers
1978 - 1987 Houghton Mifflin LOTR HM Trade Paper 1
1981 - 1983 Ballantine The Lord of the Rings - Ballantine Silver Jubilee
1983 - 1985 Ballantine BallantineSweet2
1986 - 1987 Ballantine BallantineTolkien2
1987 - 1990 Ballantine BallantineHerring1
1988 - 1998 Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings - Trade Paper- Alan Lee
1990 - 1998 Ballantine BallantineHerring2
1995 - 2001 Quality Paperback Book Club The Lord of the Rings - Quality Paperback Book Club 1995 Edition
1999 - 2000 Ballantine / Del Rey Lord of the Rings - Ted Nasmith Paperbacks
1999 - 2001 Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings - Houghton Mifflin Trade Paperback 1999 Edition
2001 - 2007 Quality Paperback Book Club QPB LOTR 2001
2001 - 2006 Del Rey LOTRDelReyFilm1
2002 - 2006 Del Rey Lord of the Rings - Del Rey Paperbacks (2002)
2003 - 2006 Del Rey LOTRDelReyFilm3
2001 Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings - Houghton Mifflin Trade Paperback 2001 Edition
2002 Houghton Mifflin LOTR HM Trade Paper 2002
2003 - 2004 Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings - Houghton Mifflin Trade Paperback 2003 Edition
2005 - ? Houghton Mifflin LOTR HM Trade Paper 2005
2006 - now Del Rey LOTRDelReyHowe
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