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

Gutenberg Bible, Lenox Copy, New York Public Library, 2009

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 such 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 properties of a book

Korean book-Jikji-Selected Teachings of Buddhist Sages and Seon Masters-1377

Contents of a book

Copyright page of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1899

Subject matter

Structure of book content

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

Study of books

Carl Spitzweg 021

Book collections

Bibliothek St. Florian

Book identification and classification

Classification systems

History of books

Códice Dresden en la edición de Lacambalam 2001

History of books

Book production

Buchdrucker, 1568

Book distribution

Politics of books

Memorial to the burning of books on the Bebelplatz in Berlin

Book culture

Agatha Christie collection

Countries and books

Specific books

Books by title

Lists of books – list of book lists (bibliographies) on Wikipedia

Book-related organizations

Publications about books

New York Review of Books[1] – an American magazine containing literary 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 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
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