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BOOK. A general name given to every literary composition which is printed; but appropriately to a printed composition bound in a volume.
     2. The copyright, (q. v.) or exclusive right to print and publish a book, may be secured to the author and his assigns for the term of twenty- eight years; and, if the author be living, and a citizen of the United States, or resident therein, the same right shall be continued to him for the further term of fourteen years, by complying with the conditions of the act of Congress; one of which is, that he shall, within three months after publication, deliver, or cause to be delivered, a copy of the same to the clerk of the said district. Act of February 3, 1831. 4 Sharsw. cont. of Story's L. U. S. 2223.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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An artist draws his new home as he approaches it, another moves to Saint Paul, one becomes a missionary and draws the Dominican Republic, an artist from North Carolina makes books in the Northwest, a graphic designer draws from Italy, an ad executive draws travel-based comic book covers, an animator draws in Italy, a marketeer plans to move to Paris, a man from Wales runs a website, and, of course, there is at least one blogger.
"Publishing business models make books disappear fairly shortly after their publication," he writes, "and long before they are scheduled to fall into the public domain." Heald's conclusion: "Copyright makes books disappear."