Originally posted in 2010 on parajunkee.net

The Book Blogger Glossary of Terms

Most information gathered from wikipedia

AAD – Authors After Dark

ALA – American Library Association

Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) is a unique identification number assigned by Amazon.com and its partners for product identification within the Amazon.com organization.

ARC – Advanced Release Copy (see definition)

ARE – Advanced Readers Edition (see definition for Advanced Release Copy)

Advanced Release Copy – A publishing marketing tool. Months before a book is scheduled for mass production, ARCs or AREs are provided to other authors, journalists, bloggers and even celebrities for a preview of the book. Most of the time it is used a review tool to procure early praise for the novel. ARCs usually do not have the final dust jacket, correct formatting, binding and sometimes even are not completely edited. There will most likely be a stamp on the cover that designates an ARC as such. (Common – Advanced Release Copy, Not For Sale) ARCs are usually distributed from the author and the publisher, 3 to 6 months before the release date. It is good reviewing practice to not quote from an ARC because the passage you quote could possible be changed in the final copy. Some books, such as Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, highly anticipated final of series, will specifically not have ARCs so spoilers will not be released to the mass market.

Badge – Bloggy Badgy, Button – A promotional item used by bloggers to promote cross blog link exchange. An easy way to have a blogger grab code so they can place a visual link on their blog that promotes your blog. Most badges are created for use on a sidebar of a blog and link back to your blog. They usually have the blog’s name and iconography that usually represents the blog being promoted.

BEA – Book Expo America

Blog Roll – The list of blogs that you follow and would like the world to know you follow. Usually bloggers will list their blog roll on their sidebar.

Blog Tour – A virtual book tour. Authors team up with bloggers to showcase their books on scheduled dates from promotional purposes.

Blurb is a short summary or some words of praise accompanying a book that does not give away too many details. This usually refers to the back copy on a book jacket.

Book Blog – A blog specifically dedicated to books. Usually a place to blog about books in general, post reviews and other memes that revolve around books.

Bookmark is a thin piece of paper or cardstock that is used to keep your place in a book. Bookmarks can be as fancy as pieces of metal or as simple as a piece of paper. Usually publishers and book stores use them as promotional items and put marketing materials on them to promo their books or events.

Challenge – An organized book reading event that one blog will host and a multitude of other people will participate in. The hosting blog will set rules of the challenge and the participants will try to accomplish these rules. Usually host bloggers will play on certain genres or quantities, like 100 books in a year challenge, or Vampire Challenge.

DNF – Did Not Finish. These are books that you couldn’t finish. Too bad to keep on reading. Some book bloggers will actually set a time limit on a book, if they are not into it they will DNF the book, like 50 pages or 5 Chapters are very popular.

Dust Jacket – (book jacket, dust wrapper or dust cover) is the detachable outer cover of a book.

Erotica are works of art, including literature, photography, film, sculpture and painting, that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing descriptions. The term is a modern word that describes the portrayal of the human anatomy and sexuality with high-art aspirations, differentiating such work from commercial pornography.

Frontispiece is an illustration facing a book’s title page.

Gadget / Widget – These are the apps you can install on to your blog. Popular gadgets include blog rolls, google friends connect, Top Commentators and post archives.

Galley Proof – See Uncorrected Bound Proofs

Genre the term for any category of literature based on some loose set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

While the scope of the word “genre” is commonly confined to art and culture, it also defines individuals’ interactions with and within their environments. In order to be recognized as genre these interactions and environments must be recurring.

Indie (Independent) Small press is a term often used to describe publishers with annual sales below a certain level. Commonly, in the United States, this is set at $50 million, after returns and discounts. Average books published for Indie presses stands at about 10 books a year.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric combination that identifies a book, it is a 9-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) code created by Gordon Foster, now Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin,for the booksellers and stationers W.H. Smith and others in 1966. (Wiki def)

Meme, pronouced like STREAM, is a relatively newly coined term, identifies ideas or beliefs that are transmitted from one person or group of people to another. The concept comes from an analogy: as genes transmit biological information, memes can be said to transmit idea and belief information. Memes have been coined to cover columns that happen on blogs on certain days. Such as, Waiting on Wednesday, or Teaser Tuesdays.

A common list of memes can be found here.

Ning Sites – These are social network sites that users can purchase to create their own social networks. Best described as a, buy your own Facebook. There are a lot of Ning sites, but a few that cater just to book blogs, including http://bookblogs.ning.com/

Paperback – is the binding of a book. Paperback are referring to their covers and are usually made of paper and are without a dust jacket. Commonly there are two forms of paperbacks, Mass Market Paperbacks and trade paperbacks. Mass Market paperbacks are the books usually released after a hardback edition and what you would generally view as a paper. Trade paperbacks are larger sized, longer, but usually the same width.

Paranormal romance is a sub-genre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror. Paranormal romance may range from traditional category romances, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, with a paranormal setting to stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy based plot with a romantic subplot included. Common hallmarks are romantic relationships between humans and vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other entities of a fantastic or otherworldly nature.

Beyond the more prevalent themes involving vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, or time travel, paranormal romances can also include books featuring characters with psychic abilities, like telekinesis or telepathy.

Paranormal romance has its roots in Gothic fiction. Its most recent revival has been spurred by turn of the century technology, e.g. the internet and electronic publishing. Paranormal romances are one of the fastest growing trends in the romance genre.

RT – Romantic Times Convention, annual convention hosted by RT Book Reviews

Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. It is generally entirely done at the expense of the author.

Sub-Genres are used in popular modern literature to denote smaller branches of styles of writing. If a genre is horror, or romance if you add a vampire it becomes either Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance depending on the direction.

TBR – To be read list – This is your list of books that you are planning to read. Generally speaking, these are books already purchased that are sitting there waiting to be read.

TBB – To be bought list – These are books that you want to buy and once bought will be move to your TBR.

Uncorrected Bound Proofs or Galley Proofs – These are also advanced editions of a book but are generally used for editing and proof-reading, but they can also be used as ARCs. They are called galleys because of an old printing term, the galley being the metal trays into which type was laid and tightened into place. Galleys are generally printed in black and white and are significantly larger than the mass market book. Usually galleys are just printed for laser printers from the graphic designer that is producing the book.

Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.

WIP – Work in progress.