Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small book, usually made from a single sheet, folded several times, containing poems, ballads or religious tracts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any small book carried about for sale by chapmen or hawkers. Hence, any small book; a toy book.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a class of tracts upon homely and miscellaneous subjects which at one time formed the chief popular literature of Great Britain and the American colonies.

Etymologies

chap(man) + book (so called because it was originally sold by chapmen).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Tucked neatly at the back end of the chapbook is a selection of stills from the movie.

    Subterranean Press » 2006 » May

  • (The limiteds will be shipping shortly, as soon as the bonus chapbook is in hand, likely next week.)

    Subterranean Press » 2010

  • Sunday, December 13, 2009 my chapbook is out, yay! i've been very bad about posting here, I know, but it's because I've been busy with a bunch of things.

    atlas(t)

  • These will be collections of the original November 2007 Wind Tunnel Dreams and as many of the 2008 ones as can fit in chapbook #2.

    Odin's Day

  • The Webs of Discord chapbook is now available as a free download for those interested in some lovely horror.

    Gratia Placenti excerpt available

  • His latest chapbook is The Salvador-Dalai-Lama Express from Main Street Rag.

    May « 2009 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • We can’t share a couple of glowing reviews this title received just yet, but we can tell you that the limited edition with bonus chapbook is already sold out, and the trade edition is selling as quickly as any title we’ve ever published by Caitlin.

    Subterranean Press » 2010 » May

  • We’ll pull the chapbook from the Tales page when it’s no longer available as a freebie.

    Subterranean Press » 2008 » February

  • Powers has provided the cover art and an introduction to a new James P. Blaylock project (first mentioned here in the Late July 08 News Round Up - this 64 page chapbook is being published by Subterranean Press and features three new stories by Blaylock written in collaboration with some of his creative writing students.

    The Works of Tim Powers » Two New Powers Items…

  • Copies of the limited edition, with an 11,000 word chapbook, “The Tricks of London”, also continue to sell steadily.

    Subterranean Press » 2009 » March

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  • In book collecting, describes a cheaply printed book of the kind sold by street vendors in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    February 25, 2008