"In this sumptuously illustrated history of the book, Lyons covers a millennia of changes, from ancient Mesopotamian carvings to Gutenberg's innovations in printing, through the computer age and the advent of the Internet and e-readers."—Publishers Weekly
"Besides giving us a visual journey of the book as a beautiful, aesthetic object, Lyons also shows how influential the book has been in shaping human history for 2,500 years."—Shelf Awareness
“An excellent introduction to the history, terminology, and trends in writing and reading books.”—Fine Books & Collections
“An ambitious, beautifully illustrated work.”—Choice
“A profusion of bibliophilic eye-candy.”—College & Research Library News
Martyn Lyons is professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Toronto Press, 2008).
Marvelous, marvelous book! With deft prose and well-chosen pictures, Lyons goes through the history of the printed word. Read morePublished 2 months ago by empress8411
A perfect book for booklovers. It tells the history of the book up to our days in an elegant and simple style and is richly illustrated. A treat for the mind and for the eyes.Published on April 30, 2013 by G-L-O-R-I-A
So I'm using this book for an online class and I must say that I absolutely love it! I've always had a passion for books and this class has helped me to understand how the books... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by megan
I really enjoy reading this book. I got it for Christmas and read it in 3 days.
It is a nice historical journey in the development of books. Read more