Wednesday 27 July 2016

leaf, leave, leaves


A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page.1.

The word "page" comes from the Latin word, "pagina", which means a "column of writing" or "to arrange vines in a rectangle"; "pagina" is derived from the word "pangere," meaning "to mark out the boundaries" or "plant vines in a vineyard."2.

The idea of a page as a boundary is an interesting one and is quite fitting for this post. As we are beginning to rethink the role of the blog and what form it might take in the future. We will begin to wind down the regularity of the posts. They will still continue to appear, but instead of a weekly offering there will be a more in depth output. The blog may even become physical as we extend its boundaries further. We have built up a great resource here and great connections with guest post writers and to do this justice we have to evolve it. So watch this space. 

An interesting fact about the blog, though you could probably guess, is that the word ‘Book’ appears 1236 times (not counting this post). So thats an average of 12.5 mentions of ‘Book’ per post. Thats a lot of book chat. So it’s obvious that we will be talking about books for a long while to come, at least to get our 12.5 mentions of books a week. Which I hope will still happen.  

So as we leave you, though we are not really leaving we are still going to be leafing through books. So as not to bring down our average I’ll leave you with this:

book, book, book, book, book, book, book, book, book, book, book, book, bo

2. Emmanuel Souchier, "Histoires de pages et pages d'histoire," dans L'Aventure des écritures (History of Pages and Pages of History" in The Adventure of Writing), Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1999

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