• e-book

    the term for electronic books is used for both digital versions of book content
  • e-book reader

    a device on which an e-book is read
  • eagle lectern

    pulpit in churches of the late Middle Ages in the form of an eagle (symbol of John the Evangelist) with wings spread
  • EAN barcode

    printed product code by which goods (including books) are furnished with their European Article Number
  • earth colours

    very lightfast natural mineral pigments such as ochre and sanguine, whose hue can be altered by burning
  • Eastern World

    the part of the world that, from a European perspective, lies in the direction of the rising sun; a term used to designate the Near and Far East
  • edge decoration

    decoration of the various edges of the text block using gilding, punching, graining, or dyeing
  • edges

    the three sides of a book made open by cutting the text block
  • edict

    officially announced decree from governmental powers, mostly papal or monarchical
  • Edict of Worms

    imperial decree of 1521 that imposed an imperial ban on Martin Luther and ordered his writings to be burned
  • edited volume

    a book of selected works by different authors brought together in one binding
  • editio princeps

    first edition, for Renaissance humanists a term denoting Greek and Latin classical works printed for the first time
  • edition

    the (often scientifically founded) preparation of a work’s publication or the publication itself
  • editor

    employees in the publishing industry who are responsible for the screening, selecting and editing of manuscripts
  • editorial office

    department in publishing and translation agencies that deals with thematic and stylistic improvements of texts
  • Egyptian

    antique typeface with nearly regular stroke width and serifs
  • Egyptian Book of the Dead

    Ancient Egyptian collection of talismanic phrases, incantations, prayers and liturgical instructions for human life after death
  • Egyptology

    the science of the Egyptian language, forms of script, history, art and culture in antiquity
  • electronic mail (email)

    a message transmitted electronically in computer networks
  • electronic paper

    display technology for digital media that functions passively, and thus reflects available light and can be written on repeatedly
  • electronic publishing

    publication of electronic media in digital form whose consumption requires computer technology
  • electrostatic printing

    reproduction process used in photocopy machines and laser printers
  • Elephant Hide

    registered proprietary name of paper grade that has been made scratch- and wear-resistant through impregnation and is often used for book covers
  • eloquence

    relating to the fluency and persuasiveness in spoken communication
  • emblem

    compositional unit comprising a motto, symbolic imagery and explanatory inscription
  • emblem book

    collection of emblems often compiled according to theme in book form
  • embossing

    method of printing under pressure, where characters, structures or patterns are impressed in a surface
  • embossing press

    machine or equipment used for embossing
  • emigration

    voluntary or forced migration away from one’s home country due to social, religious, political or racist motives and forces
  • emphasis

    in typesetting the highlighting of portions of text, e.g. with special type styles (bold, italics, etc.)
  • Empire style

    style epoch of the first three decades of the 19th century, the last phase of Neoclassicism
  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)

    prepared file ready for publishing with contents that may be transferred into a publication but cannot be revised any further
  • encoding

    the swapping of the letters of a message with a secret script or other procedures to render it inaccessible to general readers
  • encoding machine

    a machine, mostly of electromechanical construction, for the purposes of secret communications
  • encyclical

    circular letter of the church
  • encyclopaedia

    reference work for a wide readership, mostly offering concise entries in alphabetical order
  • encyclopaedists

    designation for the staff of the Encyclopédie published by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert between 1751 and 1772
  • endnote

    an annotation, comparable to footnotes, standing at the end of a chapter or the whole work
  • endpaper

    papers which can be used as attachments in a book and have either a neutral character or are specially designed
  • engraving

    a collective term for a range of different artistic and illustrative printmaking techniques
  • engraving

    the process of cutting ornamental designs or lettering into metal, stone or glass using a solid engraving tool
  • Enlightenment, the

    intellectual movement, based strongly on reason, late 17th and the 18th century
  • entry word

    a word that is taken from the title of a work and employed in accordance with a set of rules so as to catalogue a bibliographic entry
  • ephemera

    small printed objects that have a short lifespan intended for a specific moment, but which are often coveted by collectors specialised in them
  • epigones

    the (sometimes weak) followers of significant or famous predecessors
  • epigram

    writing or inscription placed on buildings, graves monuments, also the corresponding short literary form
  • epigraphy

    study of inscriptions, e.g. engravings on stone and metal, carving on ivory, etc.
  • Èpinal prints

    single printed sheet displaying one or more picture, often hand-coloured
  • epitaph

    a short text honouring a dead person, strictly speaking the inscription on their tombstone; may also be used figuratively
  • epitome

    term for a short Latin historical document
  • epoch

    a particular period of time in history or a person’s life
  • esparto

    type of grass native to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean which is suitable for the production of paper and pulp
  • esparto pulp

    pulp extracted from esparto or Alfa grass, which produces a voluminous paper suitable for thick printed output
  • Esperanto

    constructed international auxiliary language dating from 1887
  • Etching

    an intaglio method of printmaking used in graphic reproduction in art
  • etching

    the production of printing plates for both relief and intaglio printing by means of acid or other chemicals
  • etymology

    branch of linguistics dealing with the origin of words and their component parts
  • Evangelion, Evangeliary, Gospel Book, or Book of the Gospels

    compilation of the gospels, or prescribed excerpts, to be read during mass or services
  • excerpt

    portion taken out of a text
  • excommunication

    exclusion from the church communion, anathema
  • exile

    the state of being barred from one’s native country, generally for political reasons or as punishment
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)

    expandable markup language that can prepare hierarchically structured data in the form of text for digital exchange
  • exulant

    Latin term for a proscribed person who is exiled on religious grounds