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Space Between Words: The Origins of Silent Reading

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Reading, like any human activity, has a history. Modern reading is a silent and solitary activity. Ancient reading was usually oral, either aloud, in groups, or individually, in a muffled voice. The text format in which thought has been presented to readers has undergone many changes in order to reach the form that the modern Western reader now views as immutable and nearl ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Stanford University Press (first published December 1st 1997)
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I found this book fascinating! It gives you an exhaustive description of all the factors behind the transition from reading aloud to silent reading and the outcomes of such a transition. Also, if your curiosity is aroused and leaves you wanting for more, you will find plenty of references to follow. I'm only giving it three stars; first because of the lack of illustrations, as already pointed out in previous comments. This would have been really useful to a novice like me. And secondly because o ...more
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If it had more illustrations, I would give it five stars.
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