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4.0 out of 5 stars Bookin a place in history, 12 Nov. 2011
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Hande Z (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Books: A Living History (Hardcover)
This is a 217-page book which includes two pages of glossary and two pages of suggested further reading. It is not a small book but is handy and not very heavy although it is a hard cover book with good quality glossy pages. It is therefore portable although published in a coffee-table style, that is, it has lovely photgraphs, prints and drawings. The text accompanying each topic is short but fascinating and informative. We see, for instance, beautiful ancient Chinese writing on strips of bamboo, a book form known as "jiance". The book goes beyond the history of books and informs us about early libraries, and has interesting pictures such as monastic libraries, and book stalls in places such as Bangladesh. The history segment includes brief accounts of children's books and Japanese "Manga", complete with picture samples. Equally useful are the accounts on copyright and the rise of book stores - nothing is said about their decline (except the reminder that "books don't need batteries") - even though the book conluded with two articles on the virtual book and the rise of digitization. The history of the book promises to be long and glorious.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly presented and a Labour of Love, 14 Feb. 2012
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Mr Chris Smith (Market Harborough, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Books: A Living History is a guide to the development of books throughout the Ages. It is full of well-presented images accompanied by a genuinely interesting and informative text. Professor Lyons clearly knows his stuff and communicates it clearly.

Every book-lover should have a copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the man who has every book!, 17 Jan. 2014
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I bought this for my brother-in-law because his house is like a library, I knew he would appreciate a book more than anything but couldn't think of what to get... Along comes a book about books! Ha ha!
He loved it and said he would definitely recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well presented book with interesting text and great images. If you are interested in the history ..., 3 Jan. 2015
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Mrs. A. Cleave "Bookworm" (Inner Hebrides) - See all my reviews
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A very well presented book with interesting text and great images. If you are interested in the history of the book then this is one for you and the coffee table (where mine is right now).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Feb. 2015
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Loved it!
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Books: A Living History by Martyn Lyons (Hardcover - 3 Oct. 2011)
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