copy a text by hand, word for word
When I worked in a Sanskrit research institute, one of my frequent tasks was to transcribe texts from manuscripts into soft-copy documents.
trans (over, across)#scribere (to write) (Latin)
Derived from the word TRANSCRIPT which means copy made from original. TRANSCRIBE = TRANSfer + SCRIBE (to write). So when you transfer some writings from one book to other it means you COPY the writings.