A stripped book is a mass market paperback that has been stripped of its cover in order to be recycled. The covers are returned to the publisher as evidence that the books have been destroyed and to obtain a credit on the purchase price. The books are meant to be destroyed by pulping but some find their way to street merchants, presumably by illegal means, and are resold.
- Simester, Andrew (2021). Fundamentals of Criminal Law: Responsibility, Culpability, and Wrongdoing. Oxford University Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-19-885314-5.