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From the Ted Talk by Chip Kidd: Why books are here to stay

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Before there were books, aeninct civilizations would record things by notches on bones or rocks or what have you. The first books as we know them originated in ancient Rome. We go by a term cellad the codex, where they would have two heavy pciees of wood which become the cover, and then the pages in between would then be sttehicd along one side to make something that was relatively easily transportable. They all had to cpelmtloey be done by hand, which became the work of what we know as a scribe. And frankly, they were luxury items.

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Before there were books, _______ civilizations would record things by notches on bones or rocks or what have you. The first books as we know them originated in ancient Rome. We go by a term ______ the codex, where they would have two heavy ______ of wood which become the cover, and then the pages in between would then be ________ along one side to make something that was relatively easily transportable. They all had to __________ be done by hand, which became the work of what we know as a scribe. And frankly, they were luxury items.

Solution

  1. pieces
  2. stitched
  3. called
  4. ancient
  5. completely

Original Text

Before there were books, ancient civilizations would record things by notches on bones or rocks or what have you. The first books as we know them originated in ancient Rome. We go by a term called the codex, where they would have two heavy pieces of wood which become the cover, and then the pages in between would then be stitched along one side to make something that was relatively easily transportable. They all had to completely be done by hand, which became the work of what we know as a scribe. And frankly, they were luxury items.

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  1. ancient
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  6. codex
  7. completely
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  13. items
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  15. notches
  16. originated
  17. pages
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  19. record
  20. rocks
  21. rome
  22. scribe
  23. side
  24. stitched
  25. term
  26. transportable
  27. wood
  28. work