Linda Maye Adams

Where the size of paperback books originated

I’ve always liked paperback books.  Not just because they were very budget friendly, but also because they were small and portable.  I could take one out to lunch with me and tuck it back into a bag—and didn’t weigh down the bag too much.  And when I was in the Army, they tucked right into my cargo pocket.

Try that with a hard back …

Plus, paperback doesn’t take up much space on the bookshelf.  Very important when you have a lot of books and have to keep beating them back.

The ereader is also designed in a paperback size.

But where did this size comes from?

Turns out, the size is because books were made from parchment, which was sheepskin. 

Sheep on a green field© Rud | Dreamstime Stock Photos

The Hidden Link Between e-Readers and Sheep features some interesting history on the origins of books, and some pretty cool pictures.

Then there’s this interesting note:

There’s a reason medieval monks wrote manuscripts; preparing the parchment was penance.

Oh, dear.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link.


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