Bookish Abbreviations: A Guide

This world is full of abbreviations. Weather it’s on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, or maybe even just word of mouth. It took me awhile to sort them all out, so I thought I’d make a handy guide to all the commonly used abbreviations that I see everywhere!

FC: Final copy, which is the final, completely finished version of a book.

ARC: Advanced Reader Copy (galley is the same thing as an ARC), this is a early copy of the book given out to people before the release date to generate buzz and build excitement.

HC: Hardcover, a hardcover version of a book.

PB: Paperback, a paperback version of a book.

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A lot of the time, titles of books will be abbreviated to the first letter of each word in the title. Is that common knowledge? It felt worth mentioning. Most people don’t know all of them all the time, so just ask if you would like to know! People in this community are incredibly kind people and would be happy to help!

Next up, I’ve got a couple terms from the book trading community! It’s mostly on Twitter, but I’ve seen a few pop up on Instagram.

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ISO: In search of, the mentioned book is the book they are looking for.

DISO: Desperately in search of, the mentioned book is a book they would really love to trade for.

WL: Wish list, the books that person is looking for

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As I mentioned before, this community is incredibly kind and welcoming. If you’re ever confused on a term or definition of something, just ask! Most people will be happy to help and/or point you in the right direction! If I missed any terms, if you have any questions, or you think I should add something else, let me know!

Thank you for reading!

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