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Have you ever looked at books - at the pages, binding, and those lovingly tended words so long that you wonder how it all came to be? Shelves of Art and the People Between is a voyage into all of the hidden people and stories behind the creation of a book and the process of producing it. The material book is a piece of art; art that is indispensable to our culture and will continue to be a dominant medium. This book is a tool to help you look past the surface of books and to see the teams of people behind their creation and the extended impact they have. In this book, you will learn:* that behind the creation and publishing of a single book lies hundreds of influential people shaping every aspect that allows the book to come to life. * that the traditional publishing industry definitely needs to continue its efforts to adapt to modern times by consistently promoting systematically marginalized voices and streamlining the process in a way that more of the millions of voices can be heard. It might be broken currently, but it is not beyond repair. * that the attachment that individuals have to holding a beautifully bound book is unparalleled. Not only does the material item foster a stronger connection than an e-book, but the passion behind the written word is immense and impossible to end. You might think you know everything there is to know about something as common as the bound word. After all, it is just paper and ink, is it not? Such things cannot truly change the course of history, can they? You might find the answers in Shelves of Art and the People Between surprising as you learn about something you thought you understood completely: Books.