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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140519278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405192781
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This companion will provide a sound point of reference forsituation the book, whatever it may yet become, in its properhistorical and sociological context." ( Australian Academic &Research Libraries, March 2010)

"This is a must–have volume for anyone (or any library) with aninterest in the history of books and book culture." (Libraries& the Cultural Record, Winter 2009)

"This book has many uses for book historians as a reflection ofthe field now, in its present state." (Library Quarterly,May 2009)

"Eliot and Rose have produced a definitive survey to whichspecialists as well as lay readers will find themselves returningfrequently for information and analytical insight." (SHARPNews, Winter 2008)

"Eliot and Rose have recruited some exceptional contributors....The round–the–world coverage also makes for an enjoyable anddippable compendium." (Times Literary Supplement, November2008)

"The considerable learning distilled in these pages is wornlightly and the result is a volume that will appeal to experts andnon–specialists alike. It will also prove to be a valuable teachingresource." (Zeitschrift fur Anglistik and Amerilanistik,October 2008)

"A Companion to the History of the Book provides a wealth ofinformation to readers of all levels in a well laid out and writtenvolume." (The Bonefolder, Autumn 2008)

"Academic libraries with any kind of interest in the history ofthe book or the history of publishing will want this ′companion′ ontheir shelves." (Publishing Research Quarterly, July2008)

"As a stimulating overview of the multidimensional present stateof the field, the Companion has no peer. Recommended."(CHOICE)

"An exceptional resource for anyone working in fields such asliterature, history, cultural studies or media studies toname a few. Drawing on a large group of experts, Simon Eliot andJonathan Rose have compiled a selection of essays that guidereaders through many episodes in the long history of books, bothinside and outside the Western tradition.... A Companion to theHistory of the Book is just that a companion anessential text for students and scholars from a wide variety ofdisciplines who are led to ask questions about the commissioning,publication, distribution and consumption of books. This book is amilestone in the history of the book for it makes the first attemptto map the field like no other book before it." (Script andPrint)

"If you want to understand how cultures come into being, endure,and change, they imply, then you need to come to terms with therich and often surprising history of the book.... Eliot and Rosehave done a fine job. Their volume can be heartily recommended asthe best available starting point for any historian interested inlearning about this enterprise.... The Companion does not restrictitself to chronicling the development of the book itself. It alsodevotes attention to regimes of regulation andjurisdiction censorship, intellectual property, and thelike and to systems of storage and taxonomy: libraries andbibliography." (Technology and Culture)

"This book serves as a coherent guide to the study of thehistory of the book. The experts bring the latest research to theirwork." (Umbrella Magazine)

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From the early Sumerian clay tablet through to the emergence of theelectronic text, this Companion provides a continuous andcoherent account of the history of the book. A team of expertcontributors draws on the latest research in order to offer acogent, transcontinental narrative. Many of them use illustrativeexamples and case studies of well–known texts, conveying theexcitement surrounding this rapidly developing field.

The Companion to the History of the Book isorganized around four distinct approaches to the history of thebook. First, it introduces the variety of methods used by bookhistorians and allied specialists, from the long–establisheddiscipline of bibliography to newer IT–based approaches. Next, itprovides a broad chronological survey of the forms and content oftexts. The third section situates the book in the context of textculture as a whole, while the final section addresses broaderissues, such as literacy, copyright, and the future of thebook.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Aug. 2014
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A good background to the development of the book across the world. I haven't finished it yet, it's part of a Masters set book list.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. E. Scanlan on 8 Sept. 2013
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This book arrived in good time and is proving a help in my literature studies. Time will prove - or not - it's worth to me
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Excellent tool for the bibliophile 12 Mar. 2013
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The books provides a very comprehensive overview of the subject. It is well researched and sweeping in scope. A real page turner (pun intended).
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No search! 28 Feb. 2012
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Book itself is great, well-written, etc. but the search feature doesn't work in the Kindle edition, which STINKS because this is a very "by subject" companion. If you're using this to get to certain chapters, and not just reading it straight through, I would not recommend.
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