nonbook

[ non-book ]
/ ˈnɒnˌbʊk /

noun

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: After the very public spectacle, several nonbooks quickly appeared, filled with psychological claptrap attempting to explain the event.

adjective

of or relating to a book without artistic or literary merit.
relating to or indicating what is not a book: pens and other nonbook items for sale in the bookstore.
Library Science. relating to or indicating a holding other than a book, as a DVD, map, or art print: For a small rural library, their nonbook collection was surprisingly large.

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Origin of nonbook

First recorded in 1925–30; def. 1 was first recorded in 1960–65; non- + book
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