Books can be quite complex… not just the characters within, but concerning the actual binding and making of a book. Each part of a book has a label. Getting to know these individual parts, such as the spine and casewrap, will help you appreciate their delicacy just a tad more. Complete with a gutter, headband, spine, block and endpaper, a book has it’s own little anatomy.
I think showing a diagram of the anatomy of a book in a school library will be both neat and intriguing to young minds, giving them a better appreciation of the books we so often encourage them to read and take care of. It might even spawn curiosity in the book publishing industry.
One thing is for certain, I know that I will showing a lot more love to my own books, as each part works together to complete that magic that is a book. I’ve already been particular picky with the treatment of my books, but now I can appreciate them and their uniqueness even more.
Here is a great article with pictures to show the complete complexity of book design.