Glossary of Book Terms

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Damp stained:
When a cover of the book has a light stain caused by external factors such as food or perspiration, the cover is termed to be damp stained.

 

Darkening:
If a book cover is exposed to light, the color of the cover darkens or becomes intense.

 

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Deckle Edges:
Uncut or untrimmed edges are termed as deckle edges.

 

Decorative Stamped Binding:
It is the highly detailed impression that is stamped on the cover of the book.

 

Dedication Copy:
The copy of the book that is inscribed by the author to the person for whom the book is dedicated is called as dedication copy.

 

Definitive Edition:
The most authoritative version of a work is called definitive edition.

 

Dents:
Damages to the edges of the cover of hardcover books are called dents.

 

Device:
Device is the printer’s ornament which is also the emblem of the publisher. Also called as colophon.

 

Die Cut:
Die cut is the process where a publisher cuts out shapes from a paper making it come out as a different shape.

 

Disbound:
When a book is taken out from its binding, it is said to be disbound.

 

Dog-Eared:
Some people have the habit of folding the papers in its corners for identification. Such folded corners are called dog eared.

 

Dos-a-dos:
It represents two different books that are bound together with two covers representing each book. Many science fiction books and ace paperbacks are released this way.

 

Dummy:
Dummy is a mock-up of a book that is used by the salesmen to show the buyers of the sample texts from the book. It would usually contain a title page and 10 to 20 pages of text. Dummy was in use from late
19th century.

 

Duodecimo (12mo):
A book approximately seven to eight inches tall is called so.

 

Dust jacket (dj):
Dust jacket refers to the protective outer covering of a book that is usually made of decorative paper. It is similar to a dust wrapper.

 

Dust wrapper (dw):
See dust jacket.