[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: category or genre of book that ...

Mark Allums mark at allums.email
Wed May 12 06:33:26 BST 2021



On 5/11/2021 7:46 PM, Pouncer via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> I relay a question from a conversation, in hopes.
>
> What word  describes the general kind of book or literature
> for which I can only wave my hands and perhaps provide
> a few examples?
>
> This is a style of physical (dead tree) book that is
> neglected among e-books.  Every page is densely graphical.
> Intentionally set in non-standard lines.  Illustrated,
> sometimes the hand-lettered text constrained in shapes
> related to the concept being conveyed.  Often monochrome
> but if so, usually NOT Black on White.
>
> Ram Dass's  _Be Here Now_.  John Muir _How to Keep
> Your Volkswagon Alive_.  At the edges of the category
> might be Edward Tufte's _Visual Display of Quantitative
> Information_.  'Zines and anthologies of zines.
>
> A lot of the small- or self-published books in the
> 1970s and 80s were of this ... ilk?
>
> Suggestions?
>
Are you thinking of "trade"?  Large paperbacks are now referred to as 
"trade" books, but I think the word could apply to anything except 
mass-market paperbacks.



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