AAP says ‘primary meaning’ of word ‘book’ is an object in ‘printed form’

by Curtis Lee Fulton

According to a letter from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), “the traditional primary meaning of ‘book’ is a literary composition that is published in a written or printed form consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.”

The letter was penned by Allan Robert Adler, general counsel and VP of government affairs at AAP, in response to Amazon’s intent to purchase the “.book” TLD for $185,000. Adler doesn’t want the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization the controls domain names, to let Amazon have the TLD. His core argument in the letter was a semantic one: Amazon’s notion of what “book” means is not what AAP – and everybody else – thinks.