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Describing books and relating to books

bookends

noun

a pair of objects that you put at each end of a row of books to stop them from falling over

bookmark

noun

something you put inside a book so that you can find the page you want

bookrest

noun

a frame for holding a book so that you do not need to use your hands

bound

adjective

a bound book has a leather, cloth, or paper cover

encyclopaedic

a British spelling of encyclopedic

encyclopedic

adjective

containing facts and information found in an encyclopedia

fiction

noun

books and stories about imaginary events and people. Books that give facts about real events, things, or people are called non-fiction

hardbound

adjective

fastened into a stiff cover instead of a soft paper or plastic one

loose-leaf

adjective

containing pages that can be put in or taken out one by one

physical

adjective

not digital

pop-up

adjective

a pop-up book or card has pictures inside that have been cut out so that they stand up when you open the pages

reference

noun

used to describe books or places where you can find information

set

adjective

a set book or text contains information that students must study before an examination

softbound

adjective

a softbound book has a cover made of paper or thin plastic

spiral-bound

adjective

a spiral-bound book is held together along one edge by a twisting wire

subtitled

adjective

a book, song, etc. that is subtitled has a second, less important title

unabridged

adjective

an unabridged book or article has not had any words, paragraphs, etc. removed from it

uncut

adjective

an uncut movie or book has not had parts removed from the original

unpublished

adjective

not available for the public to read

unputdownable

adjective

a book that is unputdownable is so interesting or exciting that you do not want to stop reading it

unreadable

adjective

an unreadable book is very difficult to read, for example because it is not very good or the subject is too complicated

well-thumbed

adjective

a well-thumbed book or magazine has been read many times

bookbinding

noun

nonfiction

adjective

a good/exciting etc. read

something that is enjoyable/exciting etc. to read

someone’s collected works/poems/letters etc.

all of someone’s work/poetry/letters etc. published together

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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