The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

5.0 2
by Ted Striphas
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Ted Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world,

See more details below

Overview

Ted Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption. This edition features a new preface in which Striphas considers the stakes of abandoning printed books in favor of digital readers.

Columbia University Press

Editorial Reviews

Choice

A solid work of scholarship that fills in several significant gaps... Highly Recommended.

Booklist

Forget the premature obituaries for books and reading. Striphas insists that books remain a vital presence in the twenty-first century.

Sacramento Book Review

The Late Age of Print is an important history of the book and their impact on (mostly) American culture.

Critical Flame
It is rare to say of a university press hardcover that it is a "must-read," but for those interested in the confluence of culture and economics as it relates to books, that is what The Late Age of Print is.

— Richard Nash

Information Today
This book is a gold mine of information and thought about book culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

— Gwen M. Gregory

Publishing Research Quarterly

A magnificent achievement that makes a compelling series of arguments about the continuing importance of books and book publishing.

Books and Culture

Striphas does an excellent job.

— Alan Jacobs

Technology and Culture

What is it that you purchase when you buy a book? In describing the answer, [Striphas]is admirably clear about the choices publishers or booksellers made, and why.

Books & Culture
Striphas does an excellent job.

— Alan Jacobs

Critical Flame - Richard Nash

It is rare to say of a university press hardcover that it is a "must-read," but for those interested in the confluence of culture and economics as it relates to books, that is what The Late Age of Print is.

Information Today - Gwen M. Gregory

This book is a gold mine of information and thought about book culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Books and Culture - Alan Jacobs

Striphas does an excellent job.

Publishers Weekly
Attempting to short circuit the perennial chorus of eulogies for the publishing industry, the book, and/or print media as a whole, Striphas explores the culture of books and book reading in a time of rapid change-not just in media technology, but in "patterns of work and leisure, ... laws governing commodity ownership and use," and elsewhere-without presuming the medium faces "a full-blown crisis." A communications and cultural studies professor, Striphas (of Indiana University) traces the modern evolution of the book as it has been affected by commercial phenomena like the big box bookstore, mass distribution, e-books and Oprah's book club, managing to craft an accessible and entertaining narrative out of a highly academic history (oddly enough, the world-wide legal adventures of Harry Potter are especially captivating). Though he can get repetitive, Striphas sees the culture clearly in its parts and as a whole, and this collection of historical and commercial analysis should fascinate those seriously involved with book culture and/or the industry.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148153
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
435,681
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Siva Vaidhyanathan

I thought I understood American publishing. After reading this work, I am struck by how little I actually knew.

Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia, and author of The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

John Durgaham Peters
The Late Age of Print is exciting, clear, topical, interesting, and important. Ted Striphas has a voracious curiosity and is a great finder of material. How many of us have reflected on the history of bookshelves or have bothered to understand the mechanics of ISBN numbers or their political-economic-intellectual significance? Who knew the full story behind Oprah's Book Club, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble? This book provides a fine overview of the best English-language scholarship on books and print culture. Tackling the broad meaning of books over the past century, it says something broader about life in our era. Striphas gives the best integrated overview of the book in our moment and participates in public debates about education, literature, culture, and capitalism.

Janice Radway

Neither overly alarmist nor excessively nostalgic about the fate of books in a digital age, The Late Age of Print provides a lucid, balanced view of how books are changing in response to a fast-evolving media environment. Ted Striphas proves to be a highly reliable guide to the question of what might happen to books and book reading in the years to come. He will interest anyone who has ever wondered how writing and reading will be conducted in the future.

Janice Radway, Northwestern University, and author of A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire

John Durham Peters

The Late Age of Print is exciting, clear, topical, interesting, and important. Ted Striphas has a voracious curiosity and is a great finder of material. How many of us have reflected on the history of bookshelves or have bothered to understand the mechanics of ISBN numbers or their political-economic-intellectual significance? Who knew the full story behind Oprah's Book Club, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble? This book provides a fine overview of the best English-language scholarship on books and print culture. Tackling the broad meaning of books over the past century, it says something broader about life in our era. Striphas gives the best integrated overview of the book in our moment and participates in public debates about education, literature, culture, and capitalism.

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >