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A Companion to the History of the Book

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From the early Sumerian clay tablet through to the emergence of the electronic text, this "Companion" provides a continuous and coherent account of the history of the book.
Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts
Written by a group of expert contributors
Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship and the future of the book
Hardcover, 599 pages
Published June 11th 2007 by Blackwell Publishers
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The things I liked about this anthology only marginally outweighed those that I didn't. This is straightforward history of the dullest variety. Nothing analytical. That said, it's hugely comprehensive, not only in terms of the time it spans, but also its geography. I was impressed with the depth of knowledge that went into some of the pieces (particularly those giving information about "the book" in international frameworks). Other pieces seemed under-researched (which is only exacerbated with e ...more
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