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The Book History Reader [Paperback]

David Finkelstein , Alistair McCleery
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24 Oct 2006

Following on from the widely successful first volume, this second edition has been updated and expanded to create an essential collection of writings examining different aspects of the history of books and print culture.

Arranged in thematic sections, bringing together a wide range of contributors, and featuring introductions to each section, this new edition:

  • contains more extracts covering issues of gender, material culture and bibliographical matters
  • has a brand new section on the future of the book in the electronic age
  • examines different aspects of book history including: the development of the book, spoken words to written texts, the commodifcation of books, and the power and profile of readers.

This pioneering book is a vital resource for all those involved in publishing studies, library studies, book history and also those studying English literature, cultural studies, sociology and history.


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415359481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415359481
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Finkelstein is Research Professor of Media and Print Culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is author of The House of Blackwood: Author–Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era and co-author (with Alistair McCleery) of An Introduction to Book History.

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University, Edinburgh, and Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book. He is co-editor of The Bibliotheck.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Introduction 1 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
This books acts as the perfect introduction to anyone interested in studying the history of the book and the book trade. The title covers a number of theories which are imperative for those wishing to take this subject at undergraduate/postgraduate level.

Having started a masters in book history, this text was imperative to my understanding and the essays/extracts inside helped me to formulate solid arguements for my assesments. I found that some of the chapters were rather heavy and made my brain dribble from my ears a bit however, this does not detract from the overall helpfulness of the text - just takes a little longer to read that's all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book delivers 25 Dec 2008
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This book covers so much information regarding the history of the book and it is easy reading. From changes through the ages of paper, printing, publishing, authors and the shape of the book itself it covers social aspects of how and why the changes occurred.
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