The Provision of General Reading: Fiction and Non-Fiction
General or trade books often aim at satisfying part of the leisure, pleasure and curiosity needs of a literate person, while textbooks aim primarily at equipping him for an academic or a professional qualification. However, it may not always be possible to draw a rigid demarcation line between general books and textbooks. This is because sometimes, a general book, e.g. on a hobby, may provide a simple, basic introduction to a profession for a student, while on the other hand, a professional, e.g. a medical doctor, may pick a history textbook to read, to satisfy his curiosity about history. But generally, a general or trade book is aimed at all kinds of readers regardless of their individual professions and it is written in a style which an average, literate person in a society can read and understand.