History of the Book

Authored by: Jonathan Rose

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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The history of the book is a new academic field that explores how books shape society and how society shapes books. It covers not only books per se but all kinds of documents, including manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, and ephemera. It addresses the social, economic, and cultural history of authorship, editing, scribal and print production, publishing, bookselling, literary property, libraries, censorship, literary criticism, literacy, and reading.

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