■ A ムック is a publication that is intermediate between a magazine and book in terms of binding, editing, etc. ムック typically are the size of a magazine, though they usually have straight glued bindings instead of being stapled. A ムック contains a couple of hundred pages on articles and features on a specific theme. They're often published in series under the imprint of magazines, though they often look as though they are planned and edited by smaller editorial production companies. Japanese bookstores stock them sometimes with the books and sometimes with the magazines.
□ According to The Shogakukan Dictionary of New English, the word "mook" was used (and perhaps coined) in a keynote address at a 1971 convention of the Federation internationale de la presse periodique (FIPP). The dictionary notes that "mook" has rarely been used in Britain or the U.S. since. It gives "magabook" and "bookazine" as two words that are sometimes used in English, though neither is as common as ムック in Japanese. Other possible English translations are "magazine supplement" and "guidebook."
Because many video game and anime references published in Japan are in ムック format, the word "mook" sometimes crops up in writings by English-speaking otaku.
◇ これは、アニメのムックにしてはめずらしい読み物系。カラー多いくせにすごく真面目な読み物なの。(Web, August 2000)
For an anime mook, this one has an unusual amount of reading matter. Even though there's a lot of color in it, it's a very serious text.
黒夢の無期限活動停止後、清春が新たに始動したバンド「SADS」。なんと、そのファースト・アルバムのバンド・スコアを完全収録したムックが早くも登場します！(Web, August 2000)
今月から、こうやってLinux雑誌を集めて、どれが面白いかっていうのをやっていこう。「Linux magazine読んで」って言いたいんだけれど (笑) まあ、専門誌、関連雑誌、ムックも含めて集めて、おすすめは今月は何だろうっていうのをいろんな角度から、「わいわい」やってみようと思う。(Web, August 2000)
This entry was created by Tom Gally.