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choosing a writing support
making quires and sheets
preparing the page
copying the text
correcting the text
decorating the book
binding the book
using the book
> Using the Book

Using the book

Most medieval bookstores were empty because books were too expensive to have in stock. Instead, each customer would have a long talk with the shopkeeper, who would ask how much he wanted to spend, what materials he preferred, what kind of writing style should be used for the text – and so on. The medieval book is therefore always one of a kind.
Users often modified the manuscript post-production, bringing it even more in tune with their needs. Bookmarks were added for quick access to favorite chapters, while nota signs and maniculae in the margin marked important passages. Glosses and slips with notes were inserted where the text needed clarification.