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Outline of Books

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to books:

Book - set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.

What type of thing is a book?

A book is a medium for a collection of words and/or pictures to represent knowledge, often manifested in bound paper and ink, or in electronic format as e-books.

Books can be described as all of the following:

Types of books

Physical types of books not to be confused with literary genres or types of literature.

Physical parts of a book

  • Book size - the dimensions of a book
  • Leaf - a single sheet, the left-hand page of which is the verso, and right-hand page is the recto
    • Page - one side of a leaf of paper.
    • Ink - a type of pigment used to write letters upon the pages of a book
    • Paper - a material that easily absorbs ink, made from ground plant cellulose.
    • Parchment - a heavier alternative to paper, often made of reeds, cotton, or animal hide.
  • Book cover - protective covering used to bind together the pages of a book.
    • Dust jacket - detachable outer cover, usually made of paper and printed with text and illustrations. This outer cover has folded flaps that hold it to the front and back book covers.

Contents of a book

Subject matter

Structure of book content

Scheme of common book design
  1. Belly band
  2. Flap
  3. Endpaper
  4. Book cover
  5. Top edge
  6. Fore edge
  7. Tail edge
  8. Right page, recto
  9. Left page, verso
  10. Gutter
The intricate frontispiece of the Diamond Sutra from Tang Dynasty China, 868 AD (British Museum)

Book design - the common structural parts of a book include:

  • Front cover: hardbound or softcover (paperback); the spine is the binding that joins the front and rear covers where the pages hinge.
  • Front endpaper - the endpapers of a book are pages that consist of a double-size sheet folded, the front endpaper and the flyleaf.
  • Flyleaf: The blank leaf or leaves following the front free endpaper.
  • Front matter - the first section of a book
    • Frontispiece - a decorative illustration on the verso facing the title page
    • Title page - repeats the title and author as printed on the cover or spine.
    • Copyright page: - typically verso of title page: shows copyright owner/date, credits, edition/printing, cataloguing details
    • Table of contents - a list of the chapter headings and nested sub-headings with their respective page numbers
      • List of figures - often included in technical books, a list of drawings or depictions in the book
      • List of tables - often included in technical books, a list of data in rows and columns, or possibly in more complex structure.
    • Dedication - an inscription which is the expression of friendly connection or thanks by the author towards another person.
    • Acknowledgments - a place in the book where the author gives expression of gratitude for assistance in creating an original work. This may also be placed in Back Matter.
    • Foreword - a short piece of writing sometimes placed at the beginning of a book and typically written by someone other than the primary author.
    • Preface - a short introduction to a book written by the work's author. The preface usually describes how the book came into being and may contain thanks or acknowledgments.
    • Introduction - the beginning section that states the purpose and the goals of the book
Binding of a book from separate papers
  • Body - the main text or contents of the book, the pages often collected or folded into signatures; the pages are usually numbered sequentially, and often divided into chapters.
  • Back matter - also known as end matter is the final section of the book it can contain a number of items
    • Epilogue - a piece of writing at the end of the a book which brings closure to the work.
    • Afterword - a piece of writing covering the story of how the book came into being
    • Appendix - supplemental addition to the given work that details information found in the body
    • Glossary - a set of definitions of words important to the work.
    • Index - a list of terms and references used in the text often with page numbers to where the terms can be found in the work.
    • Notes - a list of author comments or citations of a reference work, these may also be found within the main text at the bottom of a page.
    • Bibliography - a list of the works consulted when writing the body
    • Colophon - a brief description with production notes relevant to the edition and may include a printer's mark or logotype.
  • Flyleaf: The blank leaf or leaves (if any) preceding the back free endpaper.
  • Rear endpaper - the endpapers of a book are pages that consist of a double-size sheet folded, the rear end or backend paper the first of which is a flyleaf.
  • Back Cover - the back cover of a book which usually contains biographical matter, a summary of the book as well as the ISBN and publisher's price for the book.

Study of books

  • Bibliography - the academic study of books as physical and cultural objects.
    • Enumerative bibliography - the organized listing of books
    • Descriptive bibliography - description of books as physical objects
    • Analytical bibliography - examination of the physical features of book as artifact
    • List of bibliographies - list of bibliographies on Wikipedia
  • Literature - any single body of written works

Book collections

Book identification and classification

Classification systems

History of books

History of books

Book production

Book distribution

Book Storage

Politics of books

Book culture

Countries and books

Specific books

Books by title

Lists of books

Book-related organizations

Publications about books

New York Review of Books[1] - an American magazine containing lietary criticism, and discussions of the contents of various books.

Persons influential in relation to books

See also


  1. ^ "Home". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ Meggs, Philip B. A History of Graphic Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1998. (pp 130-133) ISBN 0-471-29198-6

External links

History of books

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