There are not many people in the civilized world who do not know what a ‘book’ is. Described as a collection of blank, or handwritten, printed, and illustrated sheets of paper, with the pages usually fastened together on one side, books are still quite popular, even today, when technology could easily replace them.
Books are often classified according to their exterior appearance and/or content, and usually a variety of each kind can be found in any home library. If there are kids in the home, a selection of outstanding children literature will help the little ones to develop and cultivate an appreciation for books. Reading skills have to be mastered and the easiest way to do so is by offering fun and age appropriate materials.
Non-fiction books talk about real-life topics. That can be science related, about historical events, religion, politics, famous people, plants and animals, mechanical or electronic subjects and anything else that is not fictional. On the next bookshelf one may find many renowned prose or poetry masterpieces, which were translated from their language of origin, so philobiblists worldwide can also enjoy and learn from these great classics.
Educational books will help eager bibliophiles to develop skills, while craft books will teach them how to be creative. That can be from knitting as scarf, or folding origami swans, to building a boat, or a remote controlled airplane. Also quite enlightening, and coaching valuable life lessons are children’s books, which most often are printed in color with many detailed illustrations. These specimens may not always be manufactured on traditional paper, but can be made from more durable materials, such as cloth or plastic, which will helps them survive even the smallest and most curious set of hands.
Novels and fictional stories are quite popular because they speak to the reader’s imagination. They can be tinted with mystery, horror, action or adventure, drama, romance or they can be comical and humorous. Many of these manuscripts are so enticing they end up being filmed and shown on the big screen.
To name all the different types of book available to the enthusiastic bookworm would take forever, because every book is unique and every single day more of them show up in libraries and stores.