B is for Books

is for Books.

Being a writer it is only evident that I am a booklover; however, I have a lot of books about writing. Hannah Kent, an Australian writer’s number one rule for writing is: read. The most popular form of reading is having a book.

A book can be broken down into parts:

  • a single sheet within a book is called a leaf and each side of the leaf is called a page
  • the white papers at the end are called the end papers
  • the side of the book that faces the bookshelf is called the fore edge
  • the middle of the book is called the gutter

 

While books are now widely available today, there was a time where books were valuable items. Books where sacred and precious items. If a book needed to be copied then a person whose job title was scribe and had to do it at night, as artificial light was seen as damaging to the books. There are five types of scribes are:

  • Calligraphers, who dealt in fine book production
  • Copyists, who dealt with basic production and correspondence
  • Correctors, who collated and compared a finished book with the manuscript from which it had been produced
  • Illuminators, who painted illustrations
  • Rubricators, who painted in the red letters

The process of making a book was pretty labor intensive. The parchment or vellum (calfskin) was prepared; pages were unbound, planned and ruled; text was then written by the scribe and then the book was bound by the bookbinder.

 

I can always tell if a person likes to read: they are inquisitive, understand the love of Reading_in_bedwords on a page and how it is possible to loose track of time when you are engrossed in a story.

If you are like me, then there is nothing else you like better then on a rainy night to snuggle up a good book, a hot drink and a complementary fury creature (if one is on hand). If this is you than you are a Librocubicularist: a person who loves to read in bed.

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