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- Business, Economics & Finance
Materials published for the specific subject areas of business, management, economics, and finance.
Materials in subject areas not specifically described elsewhere, including fiction.
- Juvenile & Young Adult
Materials specifically for young readers - children or young adults.
Materials for the legal field. Publications include statutes and regulatory materials, case law reporters, citators and indexes, legal encyopedias, dictionaries, directories, treatises, hornbooks, and so forth.
- Medical & Allied Health
Materials for medicine and allied health fields, such as nursing, dentistry, public health, hospital administration and so forth.
- Scientific & Technical
Materials in the pure and applied sciences (except medicine) and in technical subject areas, such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, engineering, computer science, and so forth.
- Social Science & Humanities
Materials for the social sciences (except economics) and the humanities, including art, literature, music, theater, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
- Other Specific Subjects
Sound and visual recordings and/or reproductions in any physical format, including compact discs, tapes, films, video cassettes, laser discs, film strips, and so forth.
- Mass Market Paperback
Paper-covered books of a size that will fit into common rack displays, usually 6 3/4" x 4 1/4". Mass market paperbacks are typically popular or general interest materials, fiction and non-fiction, of a kind found in general consumer bookstores.
A publication composed of two or more formats of material, no one of which is identifiable as the predominant constituent of the item.
- Non-English Language
Materials written in languages other than English or foreign language editions of English works. They are usually of domestic origin, but may have been produced in another country.
Materials that are generally destined for library reference collections and not for general circulation to patrons, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, and atlases.
- Reprints / Back Issue Sets
- A reprint is usually an article, chapter, or other portion of a previously published larger work, that is reproduced and issued separately, standing alone from the larger work. A reprint may also be a new printing of an edition of an entire work, or a new edition printed from a new setting of type, for which the an impression of a previous edition has been used as a copy.
- A back issue is a single issue of a serial publication preceding the current issue. A back file is a set or file of old issues or volumes of a serial.
- Textbook & Textbook Paperback
Books in hardcover or paperback published for educational or classroom use, including K-12, college, graduate, vocational or professional development, or other formal education or training programs.
- Trade & Trade Paperback
Trade books, which may be produced in hardcover and/or paperback, are defined two ways, either as:
- A book produced by a commercial publisher for sale to the public primarily through bookstores, as distinguished from a textbook edition, subscription book, or a book meant for a limited public because of its technical nature, specialized appeal, or high price; or,
- Any high discount (more than 40 % off publisher's list price) book, regardless of subject matter or type of publisher.
- Other Specific Formats
- Association & Society Press
A publication issued by, or under the auspices of, an association or institution or society, including proceedings of conferences and symposia, monographs, and memoirs.
- Foreign Press
Materials that did not originate with US publishers. They may be in English or in any other language.
- Government Documents
Materials produced by federal, state or local governmental sources. They may be US or foreign. The documents may be in varied physical formats including print, electronic and audio-visual.
Materials that cannot be obtained through the regular market because publisher/producer has exhausted its stock and does not anticipate printing more copies. Out-of-print is to be distinguished from "out of stock", which means that the item(s) is not available from the publisher or jobber's inventory at the present time but probably will be available later.
- Small Press
Materials produced by non-traditional, "alternative" or "independent" publishers; that is, materials from publishers that are not associations, universities, or trade publishing houses.
- University Press
Materials published under the authority of a university and usually intended for the scholarly community.
- Other Specific Sources