in the United States and Canada, for example, a book published for sale to the general public. Cp. textbook. commercial books, other than basal readers, that are used for reading instruction.
produced for sale through a bookstore, rather than being a textbook, a limited edition, or a book club item.
A paperback or hardcover book which usually covers a special interest, and is marketed directly to the layperson.
A common US publishing term for a book intended for general readership.
a publishing term for a book that is marketed to a general audience (as opposed to books that have specialized audiences, such as academic books )