Patterson: Show your passion for all things book – News – The Ledger

Backbone. Casewrap. Headband.

How about cover, spine, and pages? At this point, you probably have guessed they all have to do with books.

A book’s backbone is its spine. If a hardcover book has a jacket, the book’s cover underneath is called the casewrap. According to Chronicle Books’ Jenna Homan, the headband is the “small decorative strip of textile used at the top and bottom of a casebound book to decoratively fill the gap between the spine and cover.” Homan offers a simple but fascinating diagram of book parts in the Chronicle Books Blog.

If you were stumped by those specialty terms, I’m not surprised. Most librarians wouldn’t have recognized them either. However, publishers, bookbinders, and hardcore bibliophiles would be well-acquainted with them.

Today’s bibliophiles — book lovers — are in their element. They can find lots to augment and show off their passion for all things book.


Did you know?

Fashionistas and sneakerheads can proclaim their book love with book-themed clothing, sneakers and jewelry. Even fantasy evening gowns. Too much? Maybe not after you see designer Sylvie Falcon’s book-themed steampunk evening dress. Go ahead, Google it.

Many bibliophiles also love paper and letter writing. Local stationery shops welcome paperphiles and bibliophiles. Visit Stationery Loft ( in downtown Lakeland and The Paper Seahorse ( in Tampa. Want to know about local letter writing clubs? Visit Tammy Wright’s Paper Tams blog at

If you’re a bibliophile who loves pens, notebooks, AND receiving packages, take a look at SCRIBEdelivery. Their monthly service mails “a curated, themed box of pens, notebooks, pencils, and (other) items” to subscribers. At $29/monthly, their service might be too expensive for some. However, their Instagram pics make for lovely and enticing viewing:…

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