The Book: The Life Story of a Technology

The Book: The Life Story of a Technology

by Nicole Howard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801893119

ISBN-13: 9780801893117

Pub. Date: 09/25/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The printed book is one of life’s most frequently encountered technologies. Historian Nicole Howard provides a comprehensive survey of the evolution of this technology, tracing its development across many centuries and cultures.

No other technology in human history, declares Howard, has had the impact of this invention. By examining the book as a technology

Overview

The printed book is one of life’s most frequently encountered technologies. Historian Nicole Howard provides a comprehensive survey of the evolution of this technology, tracing its development across many centuries and cultures.

No other technology in human history, declares Howard, has had the impact of this invention. By examining the book as a technology, Howard reveals how profoundly information and media have shaped history and how vital the technology of the book has been to cultural and intellectual change.

This engaging study extends from clay tablets and rolls of papyrus to bound folio sheets, from inks and scripts to lead type and printing presses, from the Linotype machine to the laptop. Cross-cultural in scope, it examines innovations in the production and manufacture of books from the Middle and Far East, Europe, and the Americas. Howard recounts printing techniques from Gutenberg’s first press to 21st-century electronic publishing.

Howard’s broad overview and accessible writing style make this book ideal for students and bibliophiles alike. The volume includes a glossary of terms, a timeline of important events, and a selected bibliography of useful resources for further information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893117
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/25/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
262,755
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Timeline xi

1 Ancestors: Books before Print 1

2 Infancy: The Earliest Printed Books, 1450-1500 27

3 Youth: Books in the Sixteenth Century 55

4 Adulthood: Early-Modern Books, 1600-1800 87

5 Maturity: Books in the Age of Automation, 1800-1900 113

6 The Future of Books: Twentieth Century and Beyond 139

Glossary 159

Bibliography 163

Index 169

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