As a longtime bash user (who can't visualize what you're describing), I'll offer simply that I've never once typed [bash] (except just then) - so I strongly suspect that perhaps that's an indicator of a bash prompt. No, it won't be something you type.
If you could post an example, perhaps additional insight could be offered.
That helps a lot. Yes, you'd start typing with "whois..."
[bash]$ in that example is just their choice for what the bash prompt looks like. That's configurable via the environment variable PS1. In many shells and unix variants, the default prompt is just a $. For a superuser, it's a # but most people customize their prompt to include the current directory, etc.
I don't see any rendering problems with your e-reader.
@Michigandrew: Any text before '$' is configurable and not a command. It can be configured to give out any text of your liking. For instance, on my development box, what I see is: [rp@stage ~]$.. It can be configured to anything like this:
[rp@stage ~]$ PS1="test : "
test : pwd
In other words, to answer your question, ignore the text before $.
@Regis: Both of us responded at the same time..
@Michigandrew: Regis is right as well.
Thanks Regis and meetrp.