pocket edition

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pocket edition (plural pocket editions)

  1. (dated) An edition of a book that has been altered to fit in the reader's pocket, usually by using thinner paper, smaller print, and abridged text.
    • 1923, The Journal of Conchology, Volumes 17-18 (1923), page 234:
      When a publisher wishes to produce a pocket edition of a book he can reduce the size of the print, and the thickness of the paper and covers; but he cannot do this indefinitely if the book is to remain legible and serviceable; a time comes when he must also abridge the text, abbreviating of cutting out any appendices or other portions, which, though perhaps interesting in themselves, are not really necessary to the main purpose of the work.