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Red Book (1980) 
- CD-DA (Digital Audio) – standardized as IEC 60908
Green Book (1986) 
- CD-i (Interactive)
Yellow Book (1988) 
- CD-ROM (Read-Only Memory) – standardized as ECMA-130 and ISO/IEC 10149
- CD-ROM XA (eXtended Architecture) – a 1991 extension of CD-ROM
Orange Book (1990) 
Orange is a reference to the fact that red and yellow mix to orange. This correlates with the fact that CD-R and CD-RW are capable of audio ("Red") and data ("Yellow"); although other colors (other CD standards) that do not mix are capable of being burned onto the physical medium. Orange Book also introduced the standard for multisession writing.
- CD-MO (Magneto-Optical)
- CD-R (Recordable) alias CD-WO (Write Once) alias CD-WORM (Write Once, Read Many) – partially standardized as ECMA-394
- CD-RW (ReWritable) alias CD-E (Eraseable) – partially standardized as ECMA-395
Beige Book (1992) 
- PCD (Photo)
White Book (1993) 
- CD-i Bridge - a bridge format between CD-ROM XA and the Green Book CD-i, which is the base format for Video CDs, Super Video CDs and Photo CDs.
- VCD (Video)
- E-CD/CD+/CD Extra (Enhanced)
Scarlet Book (1999) 
Scarlet color of this book is a reference to the Red Book, which defines original CDDA.
- SACD (Super Audio)
Purple Book (2000) 
- DDCD (Double Density)
- ISO 9660, a 1986 filesystem standard used in conjunction with CD-ROM formats.
- Orange-Book-Standard, a decision named after the Compact Disc standard, issued in 2009 by the German Federal Court of Justice on the interaction between patent law and standards
- Philips CD Specifications
- "The Great Books". The World of CDs and DVDs. ThinkQuest. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
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