Outline of books

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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?[edit]

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[edit]

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

Physical parts of a book[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Subject matter[edit]

Structure of book content[edit]

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:

Binding of a book from separate papers

Study of books[edit]

Book collections[edit]

Book identification and classification[edit]

Classification systems[edit]

History of books[edit]

History of books

Book production[edit]

Book distribution[edit]

Politics of books[edit]

Book culture[edit]

Specific books[edit]

Books by title[edit]

Lists of books

Book-related organizations[edit]

Publications about books[edit]

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[edit]

  • Johannes Gutenberg – inventor of movable type.
  • Lord Stanhope – built a press out of cast iron, reducing force required by 90%, doubling the size of the printed area.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 8 June 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[edit]

History of books