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A book with a lot of pages.

  • Big book?
  • Large book?
  • Large volume book?
  • Book with a lot of pages?
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  • I think these would all work in this context. . . other possibille ajectives to describe a book with many pages are: thick, long, hefty, etc. There's no single way to say it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 19, 2023 at 9:13
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    I often use weighty tome. A bit affected, sure - but under what circumstances might you want to call attention to the size of a book without introducing an element of light-hearted facetiousness? Jun 19, 2023 at 9:43

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Most of those would be acceptable, but my choice would definitely by "a long book" as that cannot be mis-construed - "big" or "large" might mean 'physically' in some cases.

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    A thick or heavy book would do. We can say 'a weighty tome' but that's a bit old-fashioned these days. Jun 19, 2023 at 8:39
  • Both 'thick' and 'heavy' (and synonyms) only indirectly indicate the number of pages, and may be mis-leading in a few edge cases.
    – MikeB
    Jun 19, 2023 at 8:46
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    @MikeB - I think most people would know from the context that "thick" would refer to the number of pages in a book. "Hefty" is another we sometimes use in the UK.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 19, 2023 at 9:02
  • A long book usually is physically large, unless it's printed on Bible paper! Jun 19, 2023 at 11:18
  • "Thick book" is often used - I don't see how it could be misleading in the vast majority of cases (and you could probably invent a "long book" that was of normal thickness, but 20 feet high and 5 inches wide, but that doesn't invalidate the general use of "long book").
    – Stuart F
    Jun 19, 2023 at 11:44
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As a massive book may be used to block a door instead of being read, it's sometimes called doorstop.

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It depends on the connotation you want to convey. I think "thick book" is the best.

  • Thick book: mainly implies a lot of pages, which is probably what you're looking for. Example of "thick books" : old phone books, computer manuals, dictionaries
  • Big book: refers more to the size (width and height) rather than the thickness, such as many coffee table books or Art Museum books. A second meaning of "big book" has to do with the coverage of the subject: "Big book of <subject>" implies that it offers everything we want to know about the subject.
  • Large book: also refers mainly to the overall size, not necessarily the number of pages
  • Heavy book: refers mainly for the weight. Some books use thick paper, so can be heavy even though there are not that many pages.
  • Long book: implies a book that takes a while to read from beginning to end, such as The Lord of the Rings (1216 pages) which takes a long time to finish.
  • Volume: refers to a book that is part of a collection, usually have volume numbers. Example: Encyclopedia Britannica 15th Edition which consists of 30 volumes. A "Large Volume" wouldn't necessarily have a lot of pages.

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