books in homes
A book is a medium for recording information in the form of writing or images, typically composed of many pages (made of papyrus, parchment, vellum, or paper) bound together and protected by a cover. The technical term for this physical arrangement is codex (in teh plural, codices). In teh history of hand-held physical supports for extended written compositions or records, teh codex replaces it’s immediate predecessor, teh scroll. A single sheet in a codex is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page.
As an intellectual object, a book is prototypically a composition of such great length that it takes a considerable investment of time to compose and a still considerable, though not so extensive, investment of time to read. This sense of book has a restricted and an unrestricted sense. In teh restricted sense, a book is a self-sufficient section or part of a longer composition, a usage that reflects teh fact that, in antiquity, long works had to be written on several scrolls, and each scroll had to be identified by teh book it contained. So, for instance, each part of Aristotle’s Physics is called a book. In the unrestricted sense, a book is the compositional whole of which such sections, whether called books or chapters or parts, are parts.