Different types of books

Being students (studious ones), we have been used to reading books. Reading books, some of us have also ‘earned’ the tag of bookworms. I know guys who wouldn’t mind taking their books to the toilet. I mean such is their ‘liking’ for books. The book may or may not be related to studies. Do you know how many types of books are there? Below is a standard classification of the types of books.

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Dictionary

A book that is used to get the meanings of words. The words are arranged alphabetically. Different types of dictionaries are available. Ex- English to Hindi, English to English etc.

 

Yearbook

A reference book published annually. It contains the information about the events and happenings of the previous year.

 

Travel Guide

Contains information about a place, country etc. It is written keeping in mind the needs of a traveler.

 

Novel

It is a work of fiction. It involves imaginary characters, events and places. Historical novels may be about real people and happenings though.

 

Atlas

We all have had them, almost all. It is a book of maps.

 

Encyclopedia

This book contains information on various subjects. The subjects are arranged alphabetically. A single book is not sufficient to contain all the information. So, many volumes are published at once. Who needs bulky encyclopedia when we got Wikipedia?

 

Biography

A book about a person’s life which is written by someone else.

 

Autobiography

A book about a person’s life written by oneself.

 

Gazetteer

A book that lists and describes places.

 

Directory

An alphabetical list of people’s names, their addresses etc.

 

Chronology

A dictionary of dated events.

 

Thesaurus

A book used to find the words with similar meanings.

 

Novella

A short novel.

 

Almanac

An annual calendar of events and dates.

 

Bibliography

A list of books on a particular subject.

 

Monograph

A book on a specialized subject.

 

Glossary

A list of words and terms related to a certain subject.

 

Phrasebook

A book containing the translation of phrases from and into a foreign language.

 

Pop up book

Books made for children. They are made such a way that when the pages are turned, pictures stand up and move. The pictures are related to the story of the book.

 

Anthology

A collection of writings/articles on a certain theme.

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