The Book: The Life Story of a Technology (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 171 pages
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One of life's most frequently encountered technologies is perhaps the one most often taken for granted: the printed book. Daily contact with books makes these everyday objects so familiar that one is apt to forget that the invention of the book has more profoundly altered civilization than almost any other invention. This volume provides a broad overview of the printed book's development across many centuries, cultures, and in a variety of fields. It highlights the forerunners and offshoots of books that have come from and been dispersed to all corners of the globe. The creation of a single book requires diverse skills and techniques that have taken centuries to develop. This addition to the "Greenwood Technographies" series will give readers of all ages a greater appreciation for this familiar phenomenon that is part of everyone's life.

"The Book: The Life Story of a Technology" provides a concise overview of many of the most compelling and important stories of the history of book printing:

The history of books, from papyrus scrolls to e-books

The importance of Gutenberg and his historical context

The development of book materials, bindings, typefaces, and printing methods

The book's social and cultural influences, from scientific research and religious beliefs to the structure of government

Modern technological advances in book printing technology, from linotype and lithography to computer composition and electronic publishing

The volume includes a glossary of terms, a timeline of important events, and a selected bibliography of useful resources for further information.

  

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User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

Pretty abysmal compared to the other Book History texts I've read - very little critical analysis (besides some railing against unions, which was strange) and lacking some of the important events that ... Read full review

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It book really helpful to know about history of books and script writings of ancient world. Read full review

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Contents

Ancestors Books before Print
1
Infancy The Earliest Printed Books 14501500
27
Youth Books in the Sixteenth Century
55
Adulthood EarlyModern Books 16001800
87
Maturity Books in the Age of Automation 18001900
113
The Future of Books Twentieth Century and Beyond
139
Glossary
159
Bibliography
163
Index
169
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About the author (2005)

Nicole Howard is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Hayward.

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