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How would you explain “book” in the context?

 

“Well you see, when I was looking for someone to help me with this business, and I saw your name in the book,” He said.
PS: He was talking to a private detective.

How would you explain “book” in the context?
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For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    The book is like a directory, like a phone book. It could list the names, addresses and phone numbers of people or could list details and advertisements from companies.

    Like this: http://www.w3.org/2012/08/history-of-the-web/yellowsm.jpg

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