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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Book (disambiguation).

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A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book). Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers. The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (for example, biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and so on). A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile or, more informally, a bookworm — an avid reader of books. A shop where books are bought and sold is a bookshop or bookstore. Books can also be borrowed from libraries. In 2010, Google estimated that since the invention of printing, approximately 130,000,000 unique titles had been published.[1] Contents [hide]

1 Etymology
2 History of books
2.1 Antiquity
2.1.1 Tablet
2.1.2 Scroll
2.1.3 Codex
2.2 Middle Ages
2.2.1 Manuscripts
2.2.2 Arab printing techniques
2.2.3 Wood block printing
2.2.4 Movable type and incunabula
2.3 Modern world
3 Book manufacturing in the modern world
3.1 Digital format
4 Book design
5 Sizes
6 Types of...

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