Take a Term for the Verse

Take a Term for the Verse

At one stage in my life I was a bookseller. I cracked up when I read Steve Mauer’s Take a Term for the Verse . Described as a listing of commonly used terms within the book community it is a highly amusing yet accurate description of terms.

Here is an example: “Binding. Most books are described as cloth or boards. It simply indicates a hard back casing. Wrappers refers to books which are not hard bound. It is also a more expensive way of describing a paperback. Leather bound books correctly implies the use a dead animal of some sort. Calf bindings are made from the hides of dead calves (take a deep breathe and work through it). Vellum (a whitish, almost translucent material) is usually derived from goat or lamb entrails. Bibliophiles have been known to spend many a drunken hour deliberating whether or not the unfortunate animal need be unborn or not to qualify as true vellum. As far as we are concerned, only Lambchop should care.”

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