what is a fake book?
how's different from a book that is dedicated to an artist or album?
is the music somehow different? not faithfully rendered?

thanks for answering my dumb question
A fake book is a collection of musical lead sheets intended to help a performer quickly learn new songs. Each song in a fake book contains the melody line, basic chords, and lyrics - the minimal information needed by a musician to make an impromptu arrangement of a song, or "fake it."

The fake book is a central part of the culture of playing music in public, particularly in jazz, where improvisation is particularly valued.

Fake books are not intended for novices: the reader must follow and interpret the scant notation, and is expected to have thorough familiarity with chords and sheet music. However, fake books can be an avenue to playing songs quickly; a few chords and a one-note melody line can allow even an amateur to play a passable version of any song with relative ease.

Despite the name, fake books are often unbound, consisting of a thick, loose stack of sheets.

pulled from wikipedia....
sorta like the many versions you get of the 'real book' - a collection of Jazz standards
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x6ax, Kingyem0c0re & LordPino - given a choice between asking wikipedia, or google, and asking people who are directly interested in a given subject, I ask the people...please forgive me.

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