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Difference between Do a book on and Make a book on

do a book on somethingwrite a book on a subject:

  • William Fox is doing a book on the way the environment impacts our evolution and perception.

Note: The expression does not fully correlate in meaning with the phrase write the book on something

1. = do a book on something:

  • Because I had developed a big respect for Perret when he wrote the book on Grant, I read his book on President Kennedy.

2. (U.S. coll.) be the expert or the final authority on smth.:

  • Cathy has spent years learning the intricacies of producing prize-winning Dalmatians. You could even say she wrote the book on it…

make a book on something

1. create a book on smth.:

  • We thought if we’re going to make a book on cooking, it ought to benefit people who could use more food.

2. (Bookmakers) take bets on certain contests:

  • Bookmakers do as their name suggests, that is they make a book on the outcome of an event.

3. (coll.) be certain of smth.; feel confident about smth.:

  • “Do you think they’ll be funnier in print than they were on TV?” “I wouldn’t make a book on it!”

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase make a book of something—represent a particular sort of book:

  • The letters of Lord Chesterfield make a book of the minor moralities, and the major immoralities of life.