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.

One thought on “My Format-Agnostic Definition of a Book

Comments are closed.

Related Posts

COVID-19, training, infrastructure and: stay safe.

Dear all, If you are anything like our small Pressbooks team, you’ve been shaken up COVID-19, professionally, and personally. Things are scary, the changes are fast and drastic. We don’t know how long this is going to last or what it will turn into.  In our own little company, things got very real very quickly. We

Read More

Welcome Amy Song, Pressbooks’ New Customer Support Specialist

We’re delighted to introduce you to Amy Song, the newest member of the Pressbooks organization.  Amy will be working from our Montréal office as our new customer support specialist, where she’ll be helping people use Pressbooks to meet their publishing and educational needs and maintaining our user-facing documentation and training resources.  Because Amy will soon

Read More

Join Us for Open Education Week: Language Diversity Showcase

Every year since 2013, the open education community comes together for one week to celebrate open education. This year Pressbooks is contributing to that celebration with a presentation: Diversity of Language in Open Educational Resources.  Please join us at 3pm EST on Thursday, March 5 for a 1-hour presentation. We’ve asked a few members of

Read More