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What's the difference between a novel and a book?

What's the difference between a novel and a book?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A novel is a book-length work of fiction. Just being fictional and bound isn't enough -- collections of short stories, novellas, and other fictional texts can be bound, but they don't thereby become a novel.

    A book, by contrast, is a volume of fictional or non-fictional work. Although these are often bound, again, binding isn't essential. For example, books can be electronic with scanned images. The lack of binding doesn't mean that it isn't a book. Additionally, a book -- in common usage -- tends to have a copyright and be the product of a publisher. One could debate this aspect (e.g., is an unpublished diary a book?)

    In short, a novel is usually a book, but a book isn't necessarily a novel. The terms aren't interchangeable. Just remember that novel normally refers only to works of fiction. If the book isn't fiction, it isn't a novel. (There is a subgenre of nonfiction sometimes called a "nonfictional novel"; the first well-known example of this is Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood".)

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Same thing! A "book" can be considered a novel and a novel is usually called a "book" The distinction is usually the "length" of the story. A book can be any length but a novel is usually more than 400 pages.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A novel is a long work that has to be read in more than one sitting, usually 40,000 words or more; the term is often applied to fiction.

    A book is a physical object: pages, a spine, two covers, with words and sometimes pictures inside.

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    1 decade ago

    A novel is a type of book, and it is fiction,

    while a book can refer to both fiction and non-fiction, e.g., a memoir, diary, play, manga, cookbook, etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You don't judge a book by it's cover,

    'but you judge a novel after you read it. <}:-})

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