someone who loves and usually collects books
She ends up at Scroll, a company whose mission is “to reinvent reading the way Starbucks reinvented coffee” by creating lounges for
.New York Times (Jul 27, 2017)
bibliophile is a word that literally means “book lover.” It is important to distinguish a
bibliophile from a bibliomaniac. A bibliomaniac is someone whose hobby of collecting rare books has gotten out of control. Most bibliomaniacs are collectors first and don’t even read the books they buy, but when you call someone a
bibliophile you’re talking about their love of reading first and foremost.
a large and scholarly book
Some readers will be aghast that chapters end with bullet-point summaries and questions, evoking the worst of unctuous business
.Economist (Jul 13, 2017)
To call a book a
tome is to say that it is a very large book, long in page count. Growing up, it was a while before I could rightly call any book I read a
tome , but these days young readers who have completed the Harry Potter series can rightfully say they have read a
tome or two. Some of those Harry Potter books were extremely long!
a person who writes professionally
Although such frantic commercial output led to uneven quality, Cooper sketched career blueprints for ambitious American
who followed him.Washington Post (Apr 27, 2017)
a collection of written or printed sheets bound together
Volume is a very old word, dating from the 14th century, when it meant “any roll of parchment containing writing.” The fact that the writing was on a scroll is important to the name, as
volume comes from Latin words meaning “that which is rolled” and “to turn around, revolve.”
arousal of the mind to unusual activity or creativity
He was very clear about the
for the house of his eponymous novel – Rooks Nest, his childhood home.The Guardian (Jul 29, 2017)
an object consisting of a number of pages bound together
Umar Bukhari, who felt
about his native Pakistan relied on stereotypes, wrote a tale about a Pakistani child who wanted to win a race.New York Times (Jul 30, 2017)
Over the years a
book has come to mean radically different things — a magazine can be called a
book, a play script or the collection of the dialogue in a musical play is called a
book there are betting
books and rule
books. If the physical
book is in jeopardy from computers and e-books, the word
book is not going anywhere, because it is too handy a shorthand for a collection of writings.
someone skilled in the transcription of speech
sits at the table, and I sit near him, or lie on the sofa, and dictate the stories which I publish.”Fenn, George Manville
In the days before dictation software, in fact before software of any kind at all, there was the amanuensis. An amanuensis is someone who writes down everything that is said. Often it is easier for someone not used to being a writer to speak their thoughts aloud. The amanuensis captures this free-flowing speech on the page, so it can then be organized and edited into a finished work.
an introduction to a play
to “Romeo and Juliet,” the chorus tells the audience that the tale will unfold within “the two hours’ traffic of our stage.”Los Angeles Times (Jul 7, 2017)
a short passage added at the end of a literary work
From there the novel veers into an
set many years in the future, following the collapse of Gilead. Salon (Jun 14, 2017)
Many long stories have
epilogues because the reader has been following the characters for so long that they will simply have to know what happens to their favorite characters after the story ends.
Epilogues were a tradition in the ancient theater, as the last bit of dialogue spoken — usually it contained a lesson the author wanted to leave their audience with.
cast a spell over someone or something
Religion aside, Wittenberg’s picture-perfect backdrop and upbeat, Renaissance spirit is enough to
those without the slightest interest in the Reformer .Washington Post (Jun 22, 2017)