In honor of the Frankfurt Book
Fair, which takes place this week, let’s take a look at a word you’ll be
hearing constantly at the fair: Taschenbuch.
The term comes from the words
Tasche (“pocket” or “bag”) and Buch (“book”) - but it’s not a
pocketbook. Instead, the word describes a paperback book, which in some
cases can even fit in your bag - or your pocket (the
word Tasche can mean either). Many books have two versions - a
hard-cover format and a paperback (Taschenbuch). The font size is
sometimes smaller in the paperback, and overall the book may be much
smaller than its counterpart. You can therefore fit a Taschenbuch
into your bag with ease!
During the summer, German
bookstores will often advertise Taschenbücher as the perfect beach
reads. That’s because a Taschenbuch will fit into your beach tote
perfectly! Who wants to take a bulky hardcover book to the
Kids’ books often come in a
Taschenbuch format as well. One German company is called Lustiges
Taschenbuch and it produces hundreds of comic books for children - all
of which are paperbacks.
If you’re at the Frankfurt Book Fair, you’ll surely see countless Taschenbücher for sale!