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.
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.