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Book report

A book report is an exposition giving a short summary of a book and a reaction to it. While it includes some details, a book report is usually tailored to its readers. Emphasis usually falls on aspects of the book related to the subject matter seen in an academic group of studies. Modern schools have brought different types of projects, like book covers, where one must draw a book cover of the book they read and 'sell the book' with a paragraph on the back.


Book reports usually follow a set format, but may vary in length and complexity depending on the academic level at which they are set and the importance of the individual assignment. They are commonly assigned in primary and secondary schools. The first few paragraphs usually give the synopsis. The following paragraphs are most times the writers main points or the most relevant to the subject being discussed. The reaction also comprises the body and is the arguments supporting the writer's work.

World Book Encyclopedia

The World Book Encyclopedia, published in the United States, is self-described as "the number-one selling print encyclopedia in the world." The encyclopedia is designed to cover major areas of knowledge uniformly, but it shows particular strength in scientific, technical, and medical subjects. It is based in Chicago, Illinois. The first edition (1917) contained eight volumes. New editions have since appeared every year except 1920, 1924, and 1932, with major revisions in 1929 (13 volumes), 1947 (19 volumes), 1960 (20 volumes), and 1988 (new typeface and page design, and some 10,000 new editorial features).

The 1917 edition was published by the Hanson-Roach-Fowler Company, but within two years, World Book became the property of W.F. Quarrie & Company, In 1945, The World Book Encyclopedia became the property of Field Enterprises. In 1978, World Book was purchased by the firm of Scott Fetzer, which in turn is a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.


Over the years the World Book has been characterized by its design. Unlike most other encyclopedias, it is traditionally published in nonuniform volumes sized to match the letters of the alphabet. Although most volumes cover exactly one letter completely, the letters with exceptionally numerous entries ("C" and "S") are divided between two volumes, while adjacent letters with relatively few entries ("J"–"K", "N"–"O", "Q"–"R", "U"–"V", and "W"–"Z") share a volume. World Book editors lay out major articles distinctly, often starting them on a page of their own, perhaps with a two-column heading. The World Book is marketed as a "family" encyclopedia for readers above 15 years of age. It recognizes that one of the primary uses of general-purpose encyclopedias is students' work on school reports. For instance, every article for a U.S. state has a box giving information about such things as the official state bird and tree.

It claims to be the most up-to-date commercial encyclopedia, with thirty-three percent of its pages revised each year. Illustrations account for about one third of the layout, and some eighty percent are in color. The encyclopedia makes heavy use of cross-referencing and contains a large analytical index of more than 150,000 entries

Alternative editions

In 1961, World Book produced a braille edition, which filled 145 volumes and nearly 40,000 pages. The project was mainly an effort in goodwill, for the company did not see its way clear to selling enough copies of the set to cover production costs. Eventually, all sets of the Braille edition were donated to several institutions for the blind. In 1964, the company also published a large-print edition.

An electronic version of the encyclopedia for Macintosh and Windows computers first appeared in 1990, but didn't have as much impact as the only other CD-ROM encyclopedia available at that time, Academic American Encyclopedia.

An international version, aimed at English-speakers outside of North America, was also produced in 1992.

Since 1998, in addition to the print and CD-ROM editions of the 22-volume, 13,800-page encyclopedia, World Book also publishes an online version called the World Book Online Reference Center. The online version includes all of the articles contained in the print set as well as several thousand additional articles and the contents of every yearbook World Book has published since 1922.

Digital multimedia encyclopedia

World Book Encyclopedia is also published in electronic form for Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X. Electronic editions contain the entire text of the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia, plus illustrations, video clips, 3D panoramic views, and sounds. The articles bring together a complete story, multimedia content, an article outline, research aids and links to related information. Online updates to articles and Month in Brief time browser are available by subscription.

Apple included a bundled copy of the Mac OS X Edition of World Book Encyclopedia when they made OS X the default operating system for all new computers . This edition had some Mac-only features including a more intuitive user interface, Sticky Notes sharing via Bonjour technology, Trivia Challenge game, collection of editor-approved webcams, Notepad, Speech capabilities, "This Day in History", "Media Showcase" and "Librarian" widgets.

Since November 2007, both Windows and Mac electronic editions of World Book encyclopedia are developed and published by Software MacKiev.

Associated publishing projects

Other World Book products include:

  • The World Book Dictionary(1st edition in 1963)
  • The World Book Cyclo-Teacher child self-learning aide system (sold in the 1960s)
  • The World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia,an encyclopedia for younger students (since 1999)
  • Childcraft
  • World Book's Animals of the World.
  • Our Living World of Nature book series; Developed with the U.S. Department of the Interior, published by McGraw-Hill (1967)


A textbook or coursebook (UK English) is a manual of instruction in any branch of study. Textbooks are produced according to the demands of educational institutions. Although most textbooks are only published in printed format, many are now available as online electronic books and increasingly in scanned format in P2P networks.


The ancient Greeks wrote texts intended for education. The modern textbook has its roots in the standardization made possible by the printing press. Johannes Gutenberg himself may have printed editions of Ars Minor, a schoolbook on Latin grammar by Aelius Donatus. Early textbooks were used by tutors and teachers, who used the books as instructional aids (e.g.,alphabet books), as well as individuals who taught themselves.

The Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 B.C.) lamented the loss of knowledge because the media of transmission were changing. Before the invention of the Greek alphabet 2,500 years ago, knowledge and stories were recited aloud, much like Homer's epic poem The Odyssey.

The new technology of writing meant stories no longer needed to be memorized, a development Socrates feared would weaken the Greeks' mental capacities for memorizing and retelling. (Paradoxically, we know about Socrates' concerns only because they were written down by his student Plato in his famous Dialogues.)

The next revolution for books came with the 15th-century invention of printing with changeable type. The invention is attributed to German metalsmith Johannes Gutenberg, who cast type in molds using a melted metal alloy and constructed a wooden-screw printing press to transfer the image onto paper.

Gutenberg's first and only large-scale printing effort was the now iconic Gutenberg Bible in the 1450s — a Latin translation from the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament, copies of which can be viewed on the British Library Web site [http://www.bl.uk/ www.bl.uk]. Gutenberg's invention made mass production of texts possible for the first time. Although the Gutenberg Bible itself was stratospherically expensive, printed books began to spread widely over European trade routes during the next 50 years, and by the 16th century printed books had become more widely accessible and less costly.

Compulsory education and the subsequent growth of schooling in Europe led to the printing of many standardized texts for children. Textbooks have become the primary teaching instrument for most children since the 19th century. Two textbooks of historical significance in United States schooling were the 18th century New England Primer and the 19th century McGuffey Readers.

Technological advances change the way people interact with textbooks. Online and digital materials are making it increasingly easy for students to access materials other than the traditional print textbook. Students now have access to electronic and PDF books, online tutoring systems and video lectures.

Most notably, an increasing number of authors are foregoing commercial publishers and offering their textbooks under a creative commons or other open license. The New York Times recently endorsed the use of free, open, digital textbooks in the editorial [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/25/opinion/25fri4.html "That textbook costs how much?"]


The "broken market"

The textbook market does not operate in exactly the same manner as most consumer markets. First, the end consumers (students) do not select the product, and the product is not purchased by faculty or professors. Therefore, price is removed from the purchasing decision, giving the producer (publishers) disproportionate market power to set prices high. Similarities are found in the pharmaceutical industry, which sells its wares to doctors, rather than the ultimate end-user (i.e. patient).

This fundamental difference in the market is often cited as the primary reason that prices are out of control. The term "Broken Market" first appeared in Economist James Koch's analysis of the market commissioned by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

This situation is exacerbated by the lack of competition in the textbook market. Consolidation in the past few decades has reduced the number of major textbook companies from around 30 to just a handful. Consequently, there is less competition than there used to be, and the high cost of starting up keeps new companies from entering.

New editions & the used book market

Students seek relief from rising prices through the purchase of used copies of textbooks, which tend to be less expensive. Most college bookstores offer used copies of textbooks at lower prices. Most bookstores will also buy used copies back from students at the end of a term if the book is going to be re-used at the school. Books that are not being re-used at the school are often purchased by an off-campus wholesaler for 0-30% of the new cost, for distribution to other bookstores where the books will be sold. Textbook companies have countered this by encouraging faculty to assign homework that must be done on the publisher's website. If a student has a new textbook then he or she can use the pass code in the book to register on the site. If the student has purchased a used textbook then he or she must pay money directly to the publisher in order to access the website and complete assigned homework.

Students who look beyond the campus bookstore can typically find lower prices. With the ISBN or title, author and edition, most textbooks can be located through online used book sellers or retailers.

Most leading textbook companies publish a new edition every 3 or 4 years, more frequently in math & science. Harvard economics chair James K. Stock has stated that new editions are often not about significant improvements to the content. "New editions are to a considerable extent simply another tool used by publishers and textbook authors to maintain their revenue stream, that is, to keep up prices," A study conducted by The Student PIRGs found that a new edition costs 12% more than a new copy of previous edition, and 58% more than a used copy of the previous edition. Textbook publishers maintain these new editions are driven by faculty demand. The Student PIRGs' study found that 76% of faculty said new editions were justified “half of the time or less� and 40% said they were justified “rarely� or “never.� The PIRG study has been criticized by publishers, who argue that the report contains factual inaccuracies regarding the annual average cost of textbooks per student.

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From Yahoo Answers

Question:A REAL BOOK REPORT. Don't give those steps. what i need is a SAMPLE. Does it have to be double-spaced? Does it need a title page?

Answers:maybe try asking this in homework help also. I haven't done a book report in the better part of 10 years so I won't be much help.

Question:So im am in 7th grade and i have a book report due soon Im doing it on the book twilight by stephanie meyer and i wanted to know the format for a book report instructions for my report: it has to be 1 to 2 pages long of highlights of the book and one of the paragraphs had to be a recommendation

Answers:Intro A basic outline of the book Your favorite part(s) of the book and why you picked it / them Text to self / book / movie / ect. connection like you did several years ago Would you recommend the book? Why / why not? Conclusion Remember, 5 sentences at least per paragraph. It's a great book.

Question:I have already written 2.5 pages, but the problem is that I don't know what else to write. I am out of ideas and the only choice I really have is to repeat myself with different words. How can I brainstorm some new creative things to write?

Answers:good grief 4 pages for an AP class - standards sure have dropped! I remember doing 5 or 6 pages (before computers grasshopper) in 5th grade. Oh well the best format to organize your thoughts is to first review what the criteria is - are you supposed to write as a review but not give away crucial details or does it not matter. You need to follow the tried and true format of : 1 - Tell them what you are going to tell them. 2 - tell them 3 - tell them what you told them. This will ensure that you have a clear beginning middle and end and stay on topic. You can apply that to character development, setting, and story line. If you back up and create an outline - I think that you will be able to expand on what you have already written - if you can't do that - AP is not what it used to be. You can add comparisons to similar genre's (I hope you know what a genre is if you are in an AP class) or characters in literature. If you can't write 4 pages on a book - the book is not complex enough for an AP course.


Answers:Here are some excellent websites. I think these will give you the information you need. Good luck with your book report!

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No More Dead Dogs -- The Book Report :"No More Dead Dogs," by Gordon Korman is a funny look with some mystery and football thrown in for good measure. This is Matthew's 5th grade book report done in a video format. Beware, the report does contain some spoilers.

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