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A Living History

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From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed. The author traces the evolution of the book from the rarefied world of the hand-copied and illuminated volume in ancient and medieval times, through the revolutionary impact of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, to the rise of a publishing culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the subsequent impact of new technologies on this culture.

Many of the great individual titles of the past two millennia are discussed as well as the range of book types and formats that have emerged in the last few hundred years, from serial and dime novels to paperbacks, children’s books, and Japanese manga. The volume ends with a discussion of the digital revolution in book production and distribution and the ramifications for book lovers, who can’t help but wonder whether the book will thrive—or even survive—in a form they recognize.


Baker & Taylor
From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed.

Book News
This attractive 8x10.5" book for general readers and book lovers features color photos, book illustrations, book jackets, posters, and advertisements (many historical) on every page. Lyons, a book historian, celebrates the history and magic of the book, from cuneiform tablets to Harry Potter, looking along the way at related trends in literacy rates, the growth of new genres and book-related industries over the centuries, and printing revolutions. While the main geographical focus is on the Western world, the book also examines the origins of printing in Asia and recent global trends. Lyons is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Presents a history of the book, from the first scribbling on papyrus, to the invention of the printing press, to the emergence of the e-book.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2011
Description: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781606060834
Branch Call Number: 002.09 Lyo

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