Books

Origins
Books were developed after Roman readers found it difficult to remember their place in a long scroll.

Bookmark
Bookmarcus, as he was originally known, was a slave employed to keep his finger on the word his owner had reached in a scroll.

Spine
He tended to have a bent one.

Index
Finger that he used.

Papyrus
His father.

Parchment
The first books were a dry read.

Chapters
Monks who used to copy out books by hand.

Illumination
This helped them do it in the dark.

Gutenberg
Invented printing when he got his scrolls caught in a cheese-press.

Caxton
Brought the printing press to Britain. Gutenberg told him to take it back.

Hardback
Often has a hard front as well.

Paperback
Designed for recycling.

Movable type
Tends to write travel guides.

Author
Person who writes a book. (And Jeffrey Archer.)

Frontispiece
Found on older books that are falling apart. Newer books still have a whole frontis.

Forward
Writing style of a bodice-ripper.

Contents
Members of the House of Lords who are enjoying a good read.

Plot
Where trees grow to produce wood for the pages of books.

Page
Silly name used for characters in American romantic fiction.

Glossary
Book printed on shiny paper.

Manual
Book you write yourself.

Audiobook
Hi-fi manual.

Potboiler
Cookery book.

Page-turner
Bookmarcus’s mate.

E-book
Popular in Yorkshire.

Library
Place where you find computers, compact discs, and DVDs.

Bookworm
Computer virus that can cause E-books to become jumbled and unreadable. In Jeffrey Archer novels the effect is largely unnoticeable.

Postscript
What an author does.

Copyright
What lazy authors do.

Conclusion
The End. Or is it…?

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