This collection of historical and commercial analysis should fascinate those seriously involved with book culture and/or the industry.
Forget the premature obituaries for books and reading. Striphas insists that books remain a vital presence in the twenty-first century.
The Late Age of Print is an important history of the book and their impact on (mostly) American culture.
(Sacramento Book Review
It is rare to say of a university press hardcover that it is a "must-read," but for those interested in the confluence of culture and economics as it relates to books, that is what The Late Age of Print is.
(Richard Nash Critical Flame
This book is a gold mine of information and thought about book culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.
(Gwen M. Gregory Information Today
A solid work of scholarship that fills in several significant gaps... Highly Recommended.
A magnificent achievement that makes a compelling series of arguments about the continuing importance of books and book publishing.
(Publishing Research Quarterly
Striphas does an excellent job.
(Alan Jacobs Books and Culture
What is it that you purchase when you buy a book? In describing the answer, [Striphas]is admirably clear about the choices publishers or booksellers made, and why.
(Technology and Culture
The Late Age of Print is exciting, clear, topical, interesting, and important. Ted Striphas has a voracious curiosity and is a great finder of material. How many of us have reflected on the history of bookshelves or have bothered to understand the mechanics of ISBN numbers or their political-economic-intellectual significance? Who knew the full story behind Oprah's Book Club, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble? This book provides a fine overview of the best English-language scholarship on books and print culture. Tackling the broad meaning of books over the past century, it says something broader about life in our era. Striphas gives the best integrated overview of the book in our moment and participates in public debates about education, literature, culture, and capitalism.
(John Durham Peters, University of Iowa, and author of Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition