on the books

on the books

Set down in writing or an audio recording. Today is officially the hottest day on the books.
See also: book, on

on the books

contained in a list of members, employees, or clients.
See also: book, on

on/off the/somebody’s ˈbooks

(business) included/not included in the official financial records of a company: The company falsified its accounts and kept billions of dollars in debt off the books.
See also: book, off, on
References in classic literature ?
Thought was then free only in this manner; hence it never wrote itself out completely except on the books called edifices.
She did not expect that Tom could get out of his trouble by denying that he spilt the ink on the book himself; and she was right.