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33% of high school graduates never read another book the rest of their lives and 42% of college grads never read another book after college.[1]

A book (Spanish: libro, French: livre, German: Buch, Dutch: boek, Greek: βιβλίο, Russian: книга) is a collection of written words, usually on paper but increasingly being found in electronic formats such as Kindles and iPads. The Bible is an example of a book (in fact, the word "Bible" is derived from the Greek 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 bound together to form a new book.

The average length of a best-selling book has been sharply decreasing, falling by nearly 50% in merely seven years: in 2011, average length of a bestseller was 467 pages, but by 2017 that length had declined to 273 pages.[2] But some observe that book length has at times increased in the last quarter-century.[3]

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.


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)[4] - 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[5])
  • Fantasy (a story that is otherworldly in any sense[5])
  • Folklore (primarily myths [6])
  • Science Fiction (books typically set in the future that deal with technology[5])
  • Realistic Fiction (a story that could theoretically occur in real life[7])
  • Historical Fiction (featuring characters going through a historical event (one of which is non-real)[8])
  • Biographies (Accounts of a real person's life)
  • Auto-biographies (self written accounts of one's life)
  • Reference
  • Instruction
  • History

Holy Books

One of the most notable genres is the holy book, the most notable of which is the Bible.

Parts of a Book

The main parts of a book are:

  • cover with title (very important)
  • epigraph (a quote or phrase for starters, and can be used at the outset of chapters also)
  • forword or preface
  • prologue
  • afterword or epilogue

List of the great authors

See also: List of the great authors

The Bible is the bestselling book of all time.[9]

Between 5 to 7 billion Bibles have been published.

The great Christian classics book list


  1. Sobering Statistics About Readers Today
  4. fiction (English). Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Exploring the Different Types of Fiction (English). Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  6. Folklore (English). Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  7. Mary E. Brown. Realistic Fiction (English). South Connecticut University. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  8. Sue Peabody. READING AND WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION. Washignton State University.
  9. The Bible is the best selling book of all time, Guinness Book of Word Record

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