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The Book: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies)

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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≪/i> 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.

Book News Annotation:

The book is so familiar that it's easy to forget how profoundly its invention altered civilization. Howard (history, California State U., Hayward) provides an overview of the book's development across centuries, cultures, and fields, from the papyrus scroll to e-books. She discusses the importance of Gutenberg and the context of his time; the development of book materials, bindings, typefaces, and printing methods; the book's cultural and social influences; and modern technological advances from linotype and lithography to electronic publishing. The scattering of b&w images (e.g. the title page of Blake's Songs of Innocence) are functional but don't particularly do their subjects justice.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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
  • BL The development of book materials, bindings, typefaces, and printing methods
  • BL 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.
  • Synopsis:

    Provides a broad overview of the history of the printed book across many centuries, cultures, and in a variety of fields.

    About the Author

    NICOLE HOWARD is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, East Bay.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword

    Introduction

    Ancestors: Books Before Print

    Infancy: The Earliest Printed Books

    Youth: Books in the Sixteenth Century

    Adulthood: Early Modern Books

    Maturity: Books in the Age of Automation

    The Future of Books: Twentieth Century and Beyond

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780313330285
    Manufactured:
    Greenwood Publishing Group
    Publisher:
    Greenwood
    Manufactured:
    Greenwood Publishing Group
    Author:
    Howard, Nicole
    Subject:
    General
    Subject:
    History
    Subject:
    Engineering - General
    Subject:
    Publishing
    Subject:
    Printing
    Subject:
    Printing -- History.
    Subject:
    Books -- History.
    Subject:
    World - General
    Subject:
    Books & Reading
    Subject:
    World History-General
    Series:
    Greenwood Technographies
    Publication Date:
    20050931
    Binding:
    HARDCOVER
    Grade Level:
    Professional and scholarly
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    192
    Dimensions:
    9.52x6.46x.80 in. .95 lbs.

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    "Synopsis" by , 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
  • BL The development of book materials, bindings, typefaces, and printing methods
  • BL 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.
  • "Synopsis" by , Provides a broad overview of the history of the printed book across many centuries, cultures, and in a variety of fields.
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