Book in Society An Introduction to Print Culture

ISBN-10: 1554810744
ISBN-13: 9781554810741
Edition: 2013
Authors: Solveig Robinson
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Book in Society: An Introduction to Print Culture examines the origins and development of one of the most important inventions in human history. Books can inform, entertain, inspire, irritate, liberate, or challenge readers, and their forms can be tangible and traditional, like a printed, casebound volume, or virtual and transitory, like a screen-page of a cell-phone novel. Whatever their form or content, books offer readers a chance to step outside themselves and—however briefly—enter into the thoughts of another.Written in clear, non-specialist prose, The Book in Society first provides an overview of the rise of the book and of the modern publishing and bookselling industries. It explores the evolution of written texts from early forms to contemporary formats, the interrelationship between literacy and technology, and the prospects for the book in the twenty-first century. The second half of the book is based on historian Robert Darnton's concept of a book publishing "communication circuit." It examines how books migrate from the minds of authors to the minds of readers, exploring such topics as the rise of the modern notion of the author, the role of states and others in promoting or restricting the circulation of books, various modes of reproducing and circulating texts, and how readers' responses help shape the form and content of the books available to them.Feature boxes highlighting key texts, individuals, and developments in the history of the book, carefully selected illustrations, and a glossary all help bring the history of the book to life.

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