On the Origins of ‘book’

I am very pleased to announce that from now on I shall also be writing for the Conclave of Sappho, a writers’ collective.

Writing of course does not mean only journalism or novels, and articles on etymology are very welcome at the Conclave. So it seemed fitting that the first one should be on book.

The origins of book

These days, we may more frequently be found reading e-books, rather than using traditional paper means. But one thing which I rather like is that, although there is no paper and no leaves to be turned over, it is lovely to still be calling it a book, still using this word. This is especially heart-warming when you consider the origins of the word ‘book’.

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