What, exactly, makes a book a book? You’ll find the answer in this short TED-Ed video “The Evolution of the Book,” with a lesson by Julie Dreyfuss, animated by Patrick Smith.
Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages?
To answer these questions, Julie Dreyfuss goes back to the beginning of the book as we know it “to show how these elements came together to make something more than the sum of their parts.”
Via Mental Floss.
More videos to explore:
- Stunning animation cleverly plays with the meaning of words (video)
- This machine can remove dust from over 5,000 books per day (video)
- Kindle’s terms and conditions are as long as a novel (video)
- 10 books that predicted the future (video)
- How to make a Kindle case from a notebook (video)
Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Videos.
Tips and tricks
A Chrome extension lets you discover a book every time you open a new tab
100 Million Books extension for Chrome browser is a friendly reminder to read great books.
Your Kindle highlights and notes are now easier to access
Amazon is moving your Kindle highlights and notes to a new place, which can be easily accessed from your phone or tablet.
8 best keyboard cases you can use with your Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet
A list of the best Samsung Galaxy Tab keyboard cases. Includes both cases for specific models and universal keyboard cases.
9 best keyboards and keyboard cases for the iPad
A list of versatile keyboards for current iPad models. Foldable keyboards, cases with built-in keyboards, universal keyboard stands, and more.
50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians
A list of the best quotes about libraries and librarians, together with quotes that you can share as images.
50 best Nook cases and accessories to buy in 2017
Updated list of fashionable, well-designed Nook case covers and accessories. Nook GlowLight & GlowLight Plus, Nook Tab A 7.0, Nook Tab S2 8.0, and Nook Tab E 9.6.