What makes a book a book? (video)

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.

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