I have recommended this to friends and booksellers who have got it and echoed my satisfaction. I'm surprised at the criticism of the production (my very slight disappointment at the binding is outweighed by any risk of a higher price). I've used it a lot and don't find the 2 volume split annoying. In fact, I took one volume on holiday to read the essays on national book history. It's not cheap but it's too easy to spend this amount on a number of less up to date histories of the book (although it's still well worth getting Blackwell's Companion by Eliot/Rose and the Edinburgh-based Finkelstein/ McCleery volumes published by Routledge). A busy online bookseller or buyer can use this to check terms and definitions. Comparing Kornicki's essay with his older work on Japanese History of the Book, I thought the Companion showed up as good value. I have found it difficult to source concise summaries of the History of the Book for countries outside the usual Western centres of printing and publishing: this met my requirement well.Indispensable.