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A book is both a usually portable physical object and the body of immaterial representations or intellectual object whose material signs—written or drawn lines or other two-dimensional media—the physical object contains or houses. As a physical object, a book is a stack of usually rectangular pages (made of papyrus, parchment, vellum, or paper) oriented with one side (either left or right, depending on the direction in which one reads a script) tied, sewn, or otherwise fixed together and then bound to the flexible spine of a protective cover of heavier, relatively inflexible material so that, when the opened front cover has received a massy enough stack of sheets, the book can lie flat. The technical term for this physical arrangement is codex (in the plural, codices). In the history of hand-held physical supports for extended written compositions or records, the codex replaces its immediate predecessor, the scroll. A single sheet in a codex is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page. As an intellectual object, a book is prototypically a composition of such great length that it takes a considerable investment of time to compose and a still considerable, though not so extensive, investment of time to read. This sense of book has a restricted and an unrestricted sense. In the restricted sense, a book is a self-sufficient section or part of a longer composition, a usage that reflects the fact that, in antiquity, long works had to be written on several scrolls, and each scroll had to be identified by the book it contained. So, for instance, each part of Aristotle's Physics is called a book, as of course the Bible encompasses many different books. In the unrestricted sense, a book is the compositional whole of which such sections, whether called books or chapters or parts, are parts. But the intellectual content in a physical book need not be a composition, or can be called a book. Books can consist only of drawings, engravings, or photographs, or such things as crossword puzzles or cut-out dolls. In a physical book the pages can be left blank or can feature an abstract set of lines as support for on-going entries, i.e., an account book, an appointment book, a log book, an autograph book, a notebook, a diary or day book, or a sketch book. Some physical books are made with pages thick and sturdy enough to support other physical objects, like a scrapbook or photograph album. Books may be distributed in electronic form as e-books and other formats. Although in ordinary academic parlance a monograph is understood to be a specialist academic work, rather than a reference work on a single scholarly subject, in library and information science monograph denotes more broadly any non-serial publication complete in one volume (book) or a finite number of volumes (even a novel like Proust's seven-volume In Search of Lost Time), in contrast to serial publications like a magazine, journal, or newspaper. An avid reader or collector of books or a book lover is a bibliophile or colloquially, "bookworm". A shop where books are bought and sold is a bookshop or bookstore. Books are also sold elsewhere. Books can also be borrowed from libraries. Google has estimated that as of 2010, approximately 130,000,000 distinct titles had been published. In some wealthier nations, the sale of printed books has decreased because of the use of e-books, though sales of e-books declined in the first half of 2015..

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Definitions of "books"

  • Plural form of book. noun
  • (accounting) Accounting records. noun
  • Third-person singular simple present indicative form of book. verb

The word "books" in example sentences

I spent about three years of college work-study scanning books--textbooks, fiction books*, all sorts of books required by one classroom or another--and running them through OCR.. [Making Light: The "agency model" as I understand it]

Depending on what numbers you use, and whether you count self-published books as books**, anywhere from 150,000 to 500,000 new books a year are published in the States.. [John Oakes: This Halloween, I'm Going As a Book Publisher]

Trashy books make the world go round...*grins & hugs her trashy books*. [Book Chick City]

The following list contains (a) books or articles treating particularly, or at some length, the relation of German authors to Laurence Sterne; (b)  books of general usefulness in determining literary conditions in the eighteenth century, to which frequent reference is made; (c)  periodicals which are the sources of reviews and criticisms cited in the text.. [Laurence Sterne in Germany A Contribution to the Study of the Literary Relations of England and Germany in the Eighteenth Century]

The reason why I refused was this, orders were given to search every negro house for books or prints of any kind, and _Bibles_ and _Hymn books_ were particularly mentioned.. [The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus]

American author whose books, as _books_, obtained recognition abroad; whose name was thought worthy of mention beside the names of English contemporary authors, like Byron, Scott, and Coleridge.. [Brief History of English and American Literature]

Neither is the _modern dedication_, of books and writings _as to patrons_, to be commended: for that books -- such as are _worthy the name of books_, ought to have _no patrons, but_ -- (hear) but -- Truth and Reason.. [The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded]

Young IRELAND was acquainted with a son of a bookseller, who dealt in _old books_: the blank leaves of these books supplied the young author with paper; and he found out the way of making proper ink for his purpose.. [Advice to Young Men And (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life. In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject.]

Besides these books that he left behind him, he had, some years before his death, sold by auction a _noble collection of books_, most of them in the _Rosacrucian Faculty_ (of which he was a great admirer): whereof there is a printed catalogue extant (as there is of those that were sold after his death), which I have often looked over with no small surprize and wonder, and particularly for the great number of MSS. in the before mentioned faculties that are specified in it.. [Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance]

I worry about authors writing to what they perceive to be reader expectations and I worry about readers feeling guilted into supporting writers instead of books †because both of these things, IMO, do not bode well for the *books*, and I’m in this for the books, not the authors, per se.. [Dear Author: Romance Novel Reviews, Industry News, and Commentary » Drop an Author, Adopt a Blogger » Print]

I worry about authors writing to what they perceive to be reader expectations and I worry about readers feeling guilted into supporting writers instead of books — because both of these things, IMO, do not bode well for the *books*, and I’m in this for the books, not the authors, per se.. [Dear Author: Romance Novel Reviews, Industry News, and Commentary » Drop an Author, Adopt a Blogger » Print]

Moreover, it is a fact deserving of the greatest attention that the Montanists and their decided opponents in Asia, the so-called Alogi, had no ecclesiastical _canon_ before them, though they may all have possessed the universally acknowledged books of the Romish canon, and none other, in the shape of _books read in the churches_.] [Footnote 306: See the Prolegg. of Westcott and Hort (these indeed give an opposite judgment), and cf.. [History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)]

"To give a particular account," continues the Compiler, "of the _many scarce editions_ of books in this Catalogue would be almost endless, therefore the _first editions_ of the Classics, and some _extremely rare books_ are chiefly noticed.. [Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance]

"To give a particular account," continues the compiler, "of the _many scarce editions_ of books in this catalogue would be almost endless, therefore the _first editions_ of the classics, and some _extremely rare books_, are chiefly noticed.. [Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance]

Association -- the one which holds a Collection of books: set {_books.. [The Code Project Latest Articles]

Jun. 10th, 2009 at 7: 17 AM elseinternets, hawkwing_lb said: ... my kick in books is ones whose main characters recognise the ultimate futility of the universe and decide to fight it anyway.. [entropy requires no maintenance.]

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