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A book is a group of pages, made from a variety of materials, joined along one side and encased between a protective cover of sorts. Books were quite expensive for much of period as they had to be copied by hand until the invention of the printing.

In ancient times, a "book" referred to a single scroll within a collection of scrolls comprising a single work -- a tradition continued in modern writing by deliberately dividing a literary work into "books" within a single work, even though that work will be published as a single volume.

A handwritten medieval book is sometimes referred to by the Latin term "codex".

A book may or may not contain written or printed material -- good-quality books comprised of blank pages are often very popular in re-enactment societies as a starting point for a unique manuscript.

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