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""The Book History Reader can fairly claim to be the first comprehensive volume to bring such a variety of texts together. It has been thoughtfully selected and skillfully edited. It will surely appear on all student reading lists for courses related to the history of the book-a subject that has now fulfilled Darnton's prediction that it would establish itself 'alongside the history of science and the history of art in the canon of scholarly discipline'."-Paul Richardson, "The Times Higher Education Supplement ..."Superb...For those economically, intellectually, and emotionally married to print culture, the prospect of a new bride leaves us cold and nervous. No one knows what will come, but in "The Book History Reader... we can glimpse a world shaped by the digitalized word."-Jeremy Smith, "The Bay Guardian
About the Author
David Finkelstein is Head of Media and Communication at Queen Margaret University. Alistair McCleery is Professor of Media and Communication at Napier University.
The editors have attempted to cram half a century of various scholarly musings on the written word, the uses of reading and literacy, the materiality and production of books, the reception and interpretation of meaning in books by readers and consumers, and the evolution of print culture into a couple hundred pages of really teeny tiny print. This has required creative editing and the use of FAR too many ellipses -- a number of important pieces are so gutted here that they're rendered almost meaningless, which is worse than frustrating. However, there is no other book available that provides the same kind of overview of the basic relevant literature on these subjects -- and the motivated reader, I hope, will search out the unabridged versions of those articles she finds interesting.
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