Definition of term:: Crown

  • The very top edge of the spine, of either the book or the jacket. Since most people tug books off shelves from the crown, this area is very prone to wear. The recommended way to remove a book from a shelf is to push in the volumes on either side of the book you want, grasp the book around the spine with your fingers and thumb on the opposite boards, and pull.
Danish: (Læeder) kapitæl
Dutch: Ruginslag, leerkapitaal
French: Coiffe
German: Kapital
Italian: Cuffia
Spanish: Cabezada
Swedish: Kapitäl
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources