These days I’m amazed and excited by all the new book jargon. In addition to nooks and kindles and kobo e-readers, there are terms such as POD, reflow, and XML. It makes me giddy.

On the other hand, I still love good old-fashioned book jargon too. When our oldest daughter was in kindergarten, she learned about the basic parts of the book: the cover, the spine, the table of contents. I smiled and smiled as she named and pointed to each one.

When I teach book jargon, I gravitate to the less practical terms. Who can resist the beauty of sticker ghost, the place where glue from a sticker has reacted chemically to discolor the surface leaving a ghost-like trace? My students always like words such as worming, the small hole in the page of a book left by a book worm, and dog-eared, when the corners of pages have been turned down like a dog’s ear.

Do you have a favorite book term? Share it with us in the comments section.

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools

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