A pamphlet is an unbound booklet (that is, without a hard cover or binding). It may consist of a single sheet of paper that is printed on both sides and folded in half, in thirds, or in fourths (called a leaflet), or it may consist of a few pages that are folded in half and stapled at the crease to make a simple book. In order to count as a pamphlet, UNESCO requires a publication (other than a periodical) to have 'at least 5 but not more than 48 pages exclusive of the cover pages' [ [ UNESCO definition] ] ; a longer item is a book.

Pamphlets can contain anything from information on kitchen appliances to medical information and religious treatises. Pamphlets are very important in marketing as they are cheap to produce and can be distributed easily to customers. Pamphlets have also long been an important tool of political protest and political campaigning for similar reasons.

The storage of individual pamphlets requires special consideration because they can be easily crushed or torn when shelved alongside hardcover books. For this reason, they should either be kept in file folders in a file cabinet, or kept in boxes that have approximately the dimensions of a hardcover book and placed vertically on a shelf.


The word "pamphlet" for a small work ("opuscule") issued by itself without covers came into Middle English ca 1387 as "pamphilet" or "panflet", generalized from a twelfth-century amatory comic poem with a satiric flavor, "Pamphilus, seu de Amore" ("Pamphilus: or, Concerning Love"), written in Latin. ["OED" s.v. "pamphlet".] Pamphilus's name was derived from Greek, meaning "loved by all". The poem was popular and widely copied and circulated on its own, forming a slim codex.

Its modern connotations of a tract concerning a contemporary issue was a product of the heated arguments leading to the English Civil War; this sense appeared in 1642. [ [ On-line Etymology Dictionary] .] In some European languages other than English, this secondary connotation, of a disputaceous tract, has come to the fore: [In German, French, and Italian "pamphlet" often has negative connotations of slanderous libel or religious propaganda; idiomatic neutral translations of English "pamphlet" include "Flugblatt" and "Broschüre" in German and "Fascicule" in French. In Russian and Romanian, the word " _ru. памфлет" in Russian Cyrillic, " _ru. pamflet" in Romanian also normally connotes a work of propaganda or satire, so it is best translated as "brochure" (" _ru. брошюра" in Russian, broşură in Romanian). ( [ DEX online - Cautare: pamflet)] compare "libelle", from the Latin "libellus", denoting a "little book".


ee also

* Airborne leaflet propaganda
* Brochure
* Flyer (pamphlet)

External links

* [ Randy Silverman, 1987. "Small, Not Insignificant: a Specification for a Conservation Pamphlet Binding Structure", "The Book and Paper Group Annual" 6.] Historical overview focusing on pamphlet binding.

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