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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Definitions for nonbook
  1. a book without artistic or literary merit or substance, especially one that has been developed primarily to exploit a fad or make a profit quickly.
  2. of or relating to such a book.
  3. of or indicating what is not a book: pens and other nonbook items for sale in the bookstore.

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Citations for nonbook
In sum, do not insult me with the beheadings, finger-choppings, or the lung-deflations you plan for my works.... I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book. Ray Bradbury, "Coda," 1979, Fahrenheit 451, 1953
... I'm deeply suspicious ... of such slapdash, thin, random, sprawling, global anthologies.... It is my idea of a book-like non-book, a pseudo-book, which afflicts the field of cookbooks with a chunk of merchandise that is likely to disappear as suddenly as it appeared in the first place. Janice A. Radway, A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire, 1997
Origin of nonbook
1955-1960
From a librarian’s point of view, nonbook is an adjective referring to items in a library that are not books, e.g., DVDs, prints, or maps. This is the original sense of the word, dating from the late 1920s. From the critic’s point of view, nonbook is a noun, meaning a book of no artistic or literary merit, a sense first recorded in 1960.
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