- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 20, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521618525
- ISBN-13: 978-0521618526
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450-1830
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The author has managed to make this book into a wonderfully coherent, in-depth, chronological exploration of how people over the centuries have read, used and abused books, and about changing understandings of what a book was and what it ought or ought not to do. I especially liked how the chapters on censorship showed the long history of this practice, as well as the long history of people who manage to read censored works anyway.
I thought that the final chapter on what books are today and what internet publishing may do to them in the future was a little skimpy, but it's generally a worthwhile read, and turned an obscure topic into something really interesting.