Nonfiction author, Melissa Stewart, blogged this week about the term "nonfiction". I can remember sitting in a conference of science writers years ago debating the same problem. Today the debate continues. Nonfiction is not simply something other than fiction - it is its own entity and as such warrants a more definitive name. The science writers I met spoke about the term verity, meaning "something that is true; especially: a fundamental and inevitably true value". Should nonfiction books reflect a derivation of the term verity? As Melissa stated, many librarians now refer to these titles as informational. Perhaps this is something the Library of Congress should examine, or the ALA.
Thanks, Melissa, for bringing this up again. I agree - we need to keep the conversation going!