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a company or other organization that sells books to its subscribers, often at a discount and usually through the mail.
a club organized for the discussion and reviewing of books.
Historical Examples

The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847 John Rae
Station Life in New Zealand Lady Barker
Search-Light Letters Robert Grant
A Pair of Patient Lovers William Dean Howells
More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
The Mystery of the Secret Band Edith Lavell
The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
In the Track of the Bookworm Irving Browne
The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray

a club that sells books at low prices to members, usually by mail order, esp on condition that they buy a minimum number


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