A colporteur (or colporter) is generally defined as a "peddler of religious literature", although I think the Dictionary.com Unabridged edition is a bit more accurate: "A person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc." or "a peddler of books". In other words:
- They don't have to sell the books as long as the books are religious. (That is, they can distribute the books in ways other than selling them.)
- The publications they distribute don't have to be books, per se.
- The books don't have to be religious as long as they are selling them.
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