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French Book Terms

French Book Terms

French book terms include un livre (a book), une librarie (bookstore), un roman (novel) and un auteur/ecrivain (author/writer). The following table contains a vocabulary list covering French vocabulary various kinds of books, terms relating to newspapers and publishing, people involved in publishing as well as related verbs.

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Kind of books and prints

  • book un livre
  • advertising la publicité
  • autobiography une autobiographie
  • best-seller un best-seller
  • biography une biographie
  • book of adventure un livre d’aventure
  • fiction un ouvrage de fiction
  • mystery novel un roman policier
  • mystery novel un roman policier
  • non-fiction un ouvrage nonromanesque
  • paperback un livre de poche
  • plot l’intrige (f)
  • novel un roman
  • science-fiction book un livre de science-fiction
  • comic book un magazine de bandes dessinées
  • cookbook un livre de cuisie
  • draft un brouillon
  • guidebook un guide
  • magazine un magazine, une revue
  • newspaper un journal
  • article un article
  • classified une petite annonce
  • editorial un éditorial
  • front page la une, la première page
  • heading une ribrique
  • headline une manchette
  • illustration une illustration
  • interview une interview
  • news les actualités
  • obituary une notice nécrologique
  • photo une photo(graphie)
  • review une critique
  • weekly magazine un hebdominaire
  • page une page
  • pamphelet, brochure une dépilant, une brochure
  • play une pièce de théâtre
  • comedy une comédie
  • drama un drame
  • musical une comédie musicale
  • poetry la poésie
  • printing edition un tirage
  • reference book un ouvrage de référence
  • atlas un atlas
  • encyclopedia une encyclopédie
  • almanac un almanach
  • handbook un manuel
  • short story un conte
  • technical book un livre de technologie
  • textbook un manuel scolairemanuel scolaire

Parts of the book

  • appendix un appendice
  • cover la couverture
  • footnotes les notes de bas de page (f)
  • table of contents un sommaire, la table des matières
  • text le texte
  • title un titre
  • un index un index
  • chapter un chapitre
  • paragraph un paragraphe


  • author un(e) auteur(e)
  • editor, proofreader (correcting) un correcteur
  • edtior (writing) un rédacteur
  • journalist un(e) journalist(e)
  • poet un poète
  • publisher un éditeur
  • publishing house une maison d’édition
  • reader un lecteur, une lectrice
  • reporter un(e) reporter, un(e) journalist(e)
  • writer un(e) écrivain(e)


  • to publish publier
  • to read lire
  • to turn pages tourner les pages, feuilleter
  • to write écrire

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