This is a question that has evaded answers in many people. There are varieties of books available everywhere. Worth noting is that it is not every book that is a printed book. There’s, therefore, a great need to especially clear the air and define printed book in clear terms.
A published book is in other terms called trade book. This is a book published for a general audience. This implies that the book is written to be read by anyone anywhere. So, in a real sense, whenever you think about publishing, you are thinking about trade book. In each country and state, there are set books to be used for learning in various grades and levels of education. These types of books do not qualify to trade books because they are not for the general audience or readership.
Trade books are therefore those books that you will come across in public lending libraries. The books that you will check in and borrow to carry home and pass the time with.
Most of the books that you will buy at the bookstores which are not learner’s coursebooks, professional books, technical books or reference books are trade books. Buying from bookstores what is not academic coursebook or such other above named might give you a trade book.
Online booksellers such as Amazon also sell most of their books as trade books. Although technical, professional and reference books are found online; the majority are trade books. Apart from the eBooks, there are also audio books. Depending on the content, the majority are trade books.
Some of these trade books include:
- Histories, and
- Children books.
The purpose of the book on the shelf and the writer’s intention play a big role in defining a published book.