Is it a book? Is it a pamphlet?

IMG_0112I signed off today the page proofs for my publication to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1922 Committee.   I’m delighted with the finished product.  However, I have a conundrum.  It is 86 pages in length.  Now, in my list of publications, where do I put it?  It is too short to be a book.  For that, I would regard it as necessary to be at least 100 pages.  However, it is arguably too substantial to be listed as a pamphlet or booklet.  The pamphlets that I have published have ranged in length from 16 to 42 pages.

How, then, should it be designated?  A book?  A booklet?  Or do I need to create a new category?

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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12 Responses to Is it a book? Is it a pamphlet?

  1. Baroness O'Cathain says:

    A treatise?

  2. Peter Whitelaw says:

    Why not two pamphlets, split at an appropriate date? For instance 1922-1964 (pre-election of leaders) and 1965-present

  3. ladytizzy says:

    An account.

  4. Jana says:

    It’s a book.

  5. Lord Norton says:

    There have also been some suggestions on Twitter, including a monograph and a short book.

  6. Dean B says:

    A booklet.

  7. Princeps Senatus says:

    It is slightly old fashioned, but it could be called a monograph.
    Alternatively, it could be a treatise, an essay or an analysis.

  8. Neil M says:

    Alternatively, you could have just written another 14 pages and it would have met your threshold for a book.

  9. D F Rostron says:

    Hard back I presume, if it looks like a book, if it feels like a book, if it reads like a book, then it is a book. Length is of no consequence.

  10. franksummers3ba says:

    How does one come up with the mix of margins, type faces and illustrations which come up short by that amount I wonder? Is it already “very white” or could a better price and more grad style have made it a book with no real changes to content? These are things one cannot know without seeing the text…

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