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A book (Spanish: libro, French: livre, German: Buch, Greek: βιβλίο, Russian: книга) is a collection of written words, usually on paper. The Bible is an example of a book (in fact, the word "Bible" is derived from the Latin word for "book."), as well as a collection of books. Books are often used for educational purposes in the form of text books, although there is concern about the accuracy of the information contain in some of them. Any finite collection of books can be binded together to form a new book.

The book was called a codex in Latin, and it was a Roman improvement over the scroll. By the fourth century the codex had gained wide acceptance, and many scrolls that were not converted to codex form were lost to posterity.


Template:Stub Books are classified by a hierarchy. The two most general categories of this hierarchy are fiction - meaning an invented or feigned narrative (an imaginative form of narrative)[1] - and non-fiction - a composition that its authors believe to be truthful. Further types of fiction books include science fiction, historical fictions or myths. Non-fiction books would include accounts, biographies and the like.

Books can also be classified by media, such as audio or print. For example, some books are available in audio versions. An example of this is Talking Books, available through the free Talking Books Program through the Library of Congress.

Classifications and Simple Explanations

Please note that the list below is not complete.

Fiction (untrue) Non-fiction (true)
  • Mystery (a story based on a crime[2])
  • Fantasy (a story that is otherworldly) in any sense[2])
  • Folklore (primarily myths [3])
  • Science Fiction (books typically set in the future that deal with technology[2])
  • Realistic Fiction (a story that could theoretically occur in real life[4])
  • Historical Fiction (featuring characters going through a historical event (one of which is non-real)[5])
  • Biographies (Accounts of a real person's life)
  • Auto-biographies (self written accounts of one's life)


  1. fiction (English) (HTML). Dictionary.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Exploring the Different Types of Fiction (English) (HTML). dummies.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  3. Folklore (English) (html). Dictionary.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  4. Mary E. Brown. Realistic Fiction (English) (HTML). South Connecticut University. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  5. Sue Peabody. READING AND WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION (HTML). Washignton State University.

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