My Format-Agnostic Definition of a Book

Here is my format-agnostic definition of a “book”:

A book is a discrete collection of text (and other media), that is designed by the author(s) as an internally-complete representation of an idea, or set of ideas; emotion or set of emotions…

I’ve used this definition of a book in a number of presentations, including “An API for Books” … which ended with this revised definition:

A book is a discrete collection of text (and other media), that is designed by the author(s) as an internally-complete representation of an idea, or set of ideas; emotion or set of emotions…

… with an API.

To belabour the point: the key ingredients are: being designed as discrete and internally-complete.

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