Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Wonderland of Books

Hey all!!!!!!
I'm fairly new to the blog world so bear with me as i think of something for you all to enjoy...............

hmmm.......i got it we'll talk about my favorite companion in the whole of the Universe - BOOKS!!!!

Ya!Ya!Ya! I know I sound like a bookworm but well i do need to pass the time being the only child and friends living on other sides of the city.......yes well it gets boring with only four members of the family.

So today i'll take u all on the journey of a life time.

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
                                                                      ~Chinese Proverb"

A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other various material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book).

Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers. The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (e.g. biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, etc.). A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.

In 2010, Google estimated that there were approximately 130 million unique books in the world.

"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
                                                                                       ~William Hazlitt"

The word book comes from Old English "bōc" which itself comes from the Germanic root "*bōk-", cognate to beech. Similarly, in Slavic languages (e.g. Russian, Bulgarian and Macedonian) "буква" (bukva—"letter") is cognate to "beech". It is thus conjectured that the earliestIndo-European writings may have been carved on beech wood. Similarly, the Latin word codex, meaning a book in the modern sense (bound and with separate leaves), originally meant "block of wood."

Thats all about the technicalities behind books. Lets now delve into some something else - type of books.....the best part is about to begin!!

A common separation by content are fiction and non-fictional books. By no means are books limited to this classification, but it is a separation that can be found in most collections, libraries, and bookstores.

So lets now see what FICTION about ~
Many of the books published today are fictitious stories. They are in-part or completely untrue or fantasy. Historically, paper production was considered too expensive to be used for entertainment. An increase in global literacy and print technology led to the increased publication of books for the purpose of entertainment, and allegorical social commentary. Most fiction is additionally categorized by genre.

The novel is the most common form of fictional book. Novels are stories that typically feature a plot,setting, themes and characters. Stories and narrative are not restricted to any topic; a novel can be whimsical, serious or controversial. The novel has had a tremendous impact on entertainment andpublishing markets. A novella is a term sometimes used for fictional prose typically between 17,500 and 40,000 words, and a novelette between 7,500 and 17,500. A Short story may be any length up to 10,000 words, but these word lengths are not universally established.

Now in FICTION another we see another type of distinction COMIC BOOKS or GRAPHIC NOVELS.....well they don't hold true for being wholly written but they are ILLUSTRATED.

Now comes the next part NON-FICTION ~
In a library, a reference book is a general type of non-fiction book which provides information as opposed to telling a story, essay, commentary, or otherwise supporting a point of view. An almanac is a very general reference book, usually one-volume, with lists of data and information on many topics. Anencyclopedia is a book or set of books designed to have more in-depth articles on many topics. A book listing words, their etymology, meanings, and other information is called a dictionary. A book which is a collection of maps is an atlas. A more specific reference book with tables or lists of data and information about a certain topic, often intended for professional use, is often called a handbook. Books which try to list references and abstracts in a certain broad area may be called an index, such as Engineering Index, or abstracts such as chemical abstracts and biological abstracts.


Books with technical information on how to do something or how to use some equipment are called instruction manuals. Other popular how-to books include cookbooks and home improvement books.
Students typically store and carry textbooks and schoolbooks for study purposes. Elementary school pupils often use workbooks, which are published with spaces or blanks to be filled by them for study or homework. In US higher education, it is common for a student to take an exam using a blue book.

"As a rule reading fiction is as hard to me as trying to hit a target by hurling feathers at it. I need resistance to celebrate!
~William James"

There is a large set of books that are made only to write private ideas, notes, and accounts. These books are rarely published and are typically destroyed or remain private. Notebooks are blank papers to be written in by the user. Students and writers commonly use them for taking notes. Scientists and other researchers use lab notebooks to record their notes. They often feature spiral coil bindings at the edge so that pages may easily be torn out.

Address books, phone books, and calendar/appointmentbooks are commonly used on a daily basis for recording appointments, meetings and personal contact information.

Books for recording periodic entries by the user, such as daily information about a journey, are called logbooks or simply logs. A similar book for writing the owner's daily private personal events, information, and ideas is called a diary or personal journal.

Businesses use accounting books such as journals and ledgers to record financial data in a practice called bookkeeping.

Books are also termed as HARDBOUND or PAPERBACK.

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
~Oscar Wilde"

Well this is all about my take on the popular distinction that books fall in. Lets talk something in the popular category.

Personally i like fantasy and detective and thriller novels....they always make exciting companions, even graphic novels sometimes serve the purpose. A recent graphic novel i bought "TWILIGHT:THE GRAPHIC NOVEL VOL I".

Before i forget to add the keywords of the 21st century ~ AUDIOBOOKS & ELECTRONIC BOOKS better known as E-Books. In this fast life where people don't even have the time for one another and to not carry 5-6 books everywhere(man i used to do that a lot)....everything i now concise u can carry all the books you want anywhere with u in your phones or e-book readers.

Latest technologies make our life so much easier don't u all think!!!


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