"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).
This brief history of the book is informative and interesting throughout.
He defines books as all forms of written communication, "from cuneiform script to the printed codex to the digitized electronic book."
I have a Kindle App on my iPad & iPhone & I love reading on these devices too...but a book is special.
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 19 months ago by megan
Martyn Lyons, educated at the University of Oxford and widely known as a leading historian of the book, offers a fascinating survey of the printed word in "Books: A Living... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Patrice Fagnant-macarthur
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