Books: A Living History

Books: A Living History

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By (author) Martyn Lyons

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  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 259mm x 25mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 160606083X
  • ISBN 13: 9781606060834
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 874,274

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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.

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Martyn Lyons is professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of "A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World "(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and "Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France" (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

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""Books: A Living History" 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."--"Book News"