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Appendix Additional material used to expand upon the story in a book.
Backstrip The covering of the book's spine.
Binding The book cover.
Book Club Edition A copy printed specifically for a Book Club.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Awarded annually since 1967 by The Boston Globe and The Horn Book Magazine.
Bram Stoker Award The Bram Stoker Awards are voted on by the members of the Horror Writers Association and are awarded annually. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris was an early winner.
Carnegie Medal This award was established in 1936 in honor of Andrew Carnegie. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding books for children and young adult readers. It must be written in English and first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year.  There are 13 librarians from The Library Association Youth Libraries Group who are on the Carnegie judging panel.
Case-Bound Hardcover or hardbound book cover.
Covers The binding of the book.
Deckle edges Uncut or untrimmed edges to the pages in the book.
Dog-Eared Pages in a book that have been folded over in the corners. Usually done for marking a place when reading a book. This is not suggested!
Dust Jacket The "paper" that is used to wrap a book (usually a hard cover book) to protect the binding.
Errata Mistakes that were not caught in editing.
First Edition The first edition of a book. This is not synonymous with "First Printing".
Guardian Award This award is given annually by The Guardian for outstanding works of fiction by British or Commonwealth authors. The work should be first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. Picture books and books by previous winners are excluded.
Hugo Award The Hugo Award is the oldest science fiction award. It is named after Hugo Gernsback, a major writer and spokesman for the science fiction genre. These awards are given out at the World Science Fiction Convention held on Labor Day each year. Awards are given out in thirteen categories. They are sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society and are granted by popular vote of the members of this society. One of the first winners of the Hugo Award was The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick.
Large Print A printing with larger print, for people that have difficulty seeing the smaller print in most books.
Leaf A "page" of a book. This refers to the sheet of paper that the pages are printed on and therefore a leaf usually contains to pages of written text.
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award This award was given annually until 1979 for titles that had similar qualities to Alice in Wonderland. This award is longer given.
Limited Edition Books published in limited quantities, usually limited to around a thousand and typically signed by the author. These books are usually available for purchase directly through the publisher and are not normally available in bookstores.
LOC Library of Congress
Locus Poll Winners This is a poll conducted annually of the readers of "Locus Magazine". The genres recommended are science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The poll is issued in February and the results are published in the summer.
Mass-Market Paperback The most common paperback book usually smaller than trade paperbacks and hardcover versions.
Nebula Award The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America established the Nebula Award in 1965. The members nominate their personal favorites and then select the best book. Awards are given out in four categories. One of the first winners of the Nebula Award was Dune by Frank Herbert in 1965.
Paperback Books in paper (or soft) covers mostly printed since the 1930's.
Phoenix Award This award was established 1985 and is awarded annually to a book published in English and twenty years ago. It is for books that did not receive a major award at the original publication time.
Series A group of books dealing with the same theme.
Slipcase A case that a book can be put into to protect it from the elements.
Trade Paperback A softcover (paperback) book which is usually larger in size and of better quality than a Mass-Market Paperback.
World Fantasy Award Reader ballots compile the list of candidates is generated by for this award. A panel of judges selects additional candidates as well as the winners of the award. It includes fantasy and horror fiction. The winners are announced annually at the World Fantasy Convention on Halloween. In 1989 Koko by Peter Straub was awarded the World Fantasy Award..

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