Overview

Distinguished scholar and library systems innovator Frederick Kilgour tells a five-thousand-year story in this exciting work, a tale beginning with the invention of writing and concluding with the emerging electronic book. Calling on a lifetime of interest in the growth of information technology, Kilgour brings a fresh approach to the history of the book, emphasizing in rich, authoritative detail the successive technological advances that allowed the book to keep pace with ever-increasing needs for information. ...
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The Evolution of the Book

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Overview

Distinguished scholar and library systems innovator Frederick Kilgour tells a five-thousand-year story in this exciting work, a tale beginning with the invention of writing and concluding with the emerging electronic book. Calling on a lifetime of interest in the growth of information technology, Kilgour brings a fresh approach to the history of the book, emphasizing in rich, authoritative detail the successive technological advances that allowed the book to keep pace with ever-increasing needs for information. Borrowing a concept from evolutionary theory - the notion of punctuated equilibria - to structure his account, Kilgour investigates the book's three discrete historical forms - the clay tablet, papyrus roll, and codex - before turning to a fourth, still evolving form, the cyber book, a version promising swift electronic delivery of information in text, sound, and motion to anyone at any time. The Evolution of the Book will captivate book lovers as well as those interested in bibliographic history, the history of writing, and the history of technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195353365
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1 Dynamics of the Book 3
2 Incunables on Clay 11
3 Papyrus Rolls 22
4 The Greco-Roman World 34
5 The Codex, 100-700 48
6 Islam, 622-1300 57
7 Western Christendom, 600-1400 68
8 Printing, 1400-1800 81
9 Power Revolution, 1800-1840 98
10 Climax of Books Printed from Cast Type, 1840-1940 114
11 Computer-Driven Book Production 133
12 The Electronic Book 151
Notes 161
Index 173
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