Moveable Books

Moveable books are complex artifacts. Part story, part illustration, part toy, the acts of reading words and looking at pictures become a game. Most moveable books look like a regular book (or codex), but some of the words and images are presented in devices such as flap, tab, slot, wheel, and so on. The reader becomes a player who in order to engage with the story must manipulate the mechanisms to create movement. This entry examines types of moveable books, their history, and continued use and relevance.

Types of Moveable Books

Kinds of moveable books vary widely. One of the simplest types is composed solely of flaps. Derived in the 17th century and called turn-up or metamorphic pictures lifting the flaps enables the pictures to transform one ...

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