From manuscripts handwritten on clay tablets, on papyrus rolls, and on vellum pages sewn together, and then on pages printed on paper by printing presses—and now transmitted digitally onto computers, tablets, and smartphones—books have been engaging and connecting individual thinkers with worlds, ideas, and peoples beyond themselves for thousands of years. An amazing article about the value of reading books appeared in The Wall Street Journal’ s weekend edition, November 26–27, 2016.
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