What printed books still offer all of us:
Trillions of words float in the online ether, to be clicked on and read—or not. Book texts sleep inside electronic tablets, to be read—until videos or photos or emails or games beckon from the same device. That versatility is amazing, but our freedom to instantly click/swipe away from words has cheapened them. Choosing to read a printed book, though, implies a commitment of time and of focus—and in exchange it offers us a rare and worthwhile reward: depth.
Here are some book-related web sites worth looking at.
On the history of making books: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/codex http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/educator/modules/gutenberg/books/
On the 8th-century “Book of Kells”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells
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