An Introduction to Book History

An Introduction to Book History An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery chart the move from spoken word

  • Title: An Introduction to Book History
  • Author: David Finkelstein Alistair McCleery
  • ISBN: 9780415314435
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture.David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery chart the move from spoken word to written texts, the coming of print, the book as commodity, the power and profile of readers, and the future of the book in the electronic age.Each section begins with a sumAn Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture.David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery chart the move from spoken word to written texts, the coming of print, the book as commodity, the power and profile of readers, and the future of the book in the electronic age.Each section begins with a summary of the chapter s aims and contents, followed by a detailed discussion of the relevant issues, concluding with a summary of the chapter and suggestions for further reading.Sections include the history of the book orality to Literacy literacy to printing authors, authorship and authority printers, booksellers, publishers, agents readers and reading the future of the book.An Introduction to Book History is an ideal introduction to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.

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    1. An amazing synthesis of the scholarship in this vein. Though pitched at a undergraduate audience (most obvious in the questions to ponder at the end of each chapter), there is nothing condescending about its tone. Moreover, though it treats things in a cursory way in order to convey breadth, it does so without feeling like it sacrifices much more than depth. In other words, it provides more than enough to let you know which aspects/elements/studies you (as reader) would like to follow up on.

    2. For readers seeking an accessible introduction to academic literature on the development of printing technology and the book, this is a great overview. It will not be for everyone but I loved it

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