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English is a crazy language with irrational and illogical syntax which is largely due to a history stemming from Norman conquerors trying to hookup with Saxon barmaids. It has stolen bits and pieces from many other languages over the centuries while its speakers spontaneously invented new terms willy-nilly.

Have you ever wonder if you had a time machine, how far back could you go and still understand English?

(via Video: How Far Back in Time Could You Go and Still Understand English? | The Digital Reader)

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Johannes Gutenberg is widely credited with making books easier to produce and thus changing society by making ideas easier to share, but as you will learn from the following videos Gutenberg merely industrialized one part of the complex and intricate process of making a book.

Over the past few months the good folks over at How to Make Everything have posted a series of videos that show how you can use modern tech to make each of the historical parts of a book.

Starting with pounding papyrus into a sheet, the videos show us how to make paper, hemp, cotton, and wood pulp; how to make a pencil, brush, quill pen, and ink; how to tan and cut a hide for the cover, and finally how to bind the book.

(via Making a Book from Scratch is More Work Than You Think (video) | The Digital Reader)

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For some time now Abe Books has been posting short instructional videos on Yutube, and today this one caught my eye. It covers the many specific names for the various parts of a book. I happened across this video after watching a relaated video on why books stink. This one in particular caught my eye because one, I’m fond of obscure knowledge, and 2, few parts of an ereader have specific names (so far as I know). I’m almost tempted to invent them, just so I would have a word to use when needed

(via The Parts of a Book (video) | The Digital Reader)

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We all know Harry Potter as the hero (or rather, the distraction that provided cover for Neville Longbottom) of that series, but as we can see in the following video that is not the only way that the tale could be spun.

A Youtuber has selectively cut together scenes from the Harry Potter movies, and the resulting video casts Harry in a different light

(via What if Harry Potter Were the Villain? (video) | The Digital Reader)

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Pop-up books can do everything from doubling as a camera or planetarium togiving you nightmares, and now there’s one that can take you on a tour of the White House.

(via The White House Pop-Up Book Takes You Inside the Executive Mansion | The Digital Reader)

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As a tribute to JK Rowling,  the stop-motion animators over at unPOP have created a special treat for fans of the world of Harry Potter.

The unPop team spent more than a month creating and animating an intricate paper Hogwarts. Using the pages of The Prisoner of Azkaban for building material, they built the model and shot the video one frame at a time.

(via Hogwarts Rises from the Pages of a Book in Stop-Motion Tribute Video | The Digital Reader)