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Book Terminology

Like any other profession, book publishers and dealers have evolved a specialized language for describing their products. If you are new to the hobby of collecting books, the terminology can throw you: gutters, hinges, and headbands seem to have nothing to do with books.

Hopefully, the following pages will help clarify some terms, and help you become a more knowledgable book buyer or book seller.

A Glossary of Book Terms
Courtesy of the Independent Online Booksellers Association

Definitions for Book Condition terms
Courtesy of IOBA. In which we see 'Fine' is better than 'Very Good'.

An Illustrated Guide to Book Anatomy
We take an actual book from our shelves and walk through the terms.