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A reader reading a book (Taslima Nasrin reading her book)
Before the invention and adoption of the printing press, almost all books were copied by hand, making books expensive and comparatively rare.
A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, 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 e-book.
Books may also refer to a literature work, 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, a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, etc).
A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.
A store where books are bought and sold is a bookstore or bookshop. Books can also be borrowed from libraries or obtained for reading through the practice of BookCrossing.Contents [hide]
2 Book structure
4 Types of books
4.1 Types of books according to their contents
4.2 Types of books according to their binding or cover
6 History of books
6.2 Middle Ages
6.2.2 Wood block printing
6.2.3 Movable type and incunabula
6.3 Modern world
6.4 Book manufacturing in the modern world
6.4.1 Transition to digital format
7 Collections of books
8 Identification and... [continues]
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