age band

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Synonyms: age range

A type of age label based on numerical age rather than the content, themes, and writing style of the book.

Age banding is typically used in the traditional publishing industry for books directed at pre-adult audiences, and uses numerical labels such as "7-10" or "7+" to indicate the suggested age of the reader.

The use of age banding, and the specific labels used, vary by country and by publisher.

Some authors object to age banding on the grounds that the numerical age of a child or teen often has little to do with their reading ability or taste in books.

(A summary of the arguments for and against age banding is beyond the scope of this glossary.)

Also see: age label, young adult, new adult, adult.