The printed book is one of life's most frequently encountered
technologies. Historian Nicole Howard provides a comprehensive
survey of the evolution of this technology, tracing its development
across many centuries and cultures. No other technology in human
history, declares Howard, has had the impact of this invention. By
examining the book as a technology, Howard reveals how profoundly
information and media have shaped history and how vital the
technology of the book has been to cultural and intellectual
change. This engaging study extends from clay tablets and rolls of
papyrus to bound folio sheets, from inks and scripts to lead type
and printing presses, from the Linotype machine to the laptop.
Cross-cultural in scope, it examines innovations in the production
and manufacture of books from the Middle and Far East, Europe, and
the Americas. Howard recounts printing techniques from Gutenberg's
first press to 21st-century electronic publishing. Howard's broad
overview and accessible writing style make this book ideal for
students and bibliophiles alike. 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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