Books: The Era of Non-B

It may be a little late in the history of Western civilization to question the meaning of the word book, but the fact is that many publishers are paying their analysts with profits from the sale of goods that are not books at all. They are, in fact, non-books.

Like "fool," "phony" and "reactionary," the term is arbitrary, part of a category that everyone may populate to suit his own bias. But in general, a book is a contrivance of ink, paper and glue, whose purpose is to instruct, amuse, edify, exalt, infuriate or pander....

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