The Broadview Introduction to Book History
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  • Publication Date: April 30, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554810871 / 1554810876
  • 200 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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The Broadview Introduction to Book History

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554810871 / 1554810876
  • 200 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This book can be purchased on its own or in a discounted package with The Broadview Reader in Book History. If you wish to order the package, please contact us at Customer Service or place the order through your bookstore using ISBN 978-1-4881-0420-6.

For over five hundred years in the West, a particular form of the book—the printed codex—has been woven into the fabric of our lives. It has been the default medium for publicly circulating information and entertainment, and has structured the work, leisure and religious devotion of countless people. Now, as the cultural centrality of the printed book is challenged, we are prompted to reassess its value and its place in the history of media change.

Readable but rooted in current scholarship, this introductory guide to book history tries not to privilege any one disciplinary perspective or historical period. Rather, the guide and its accompanying anthology aim to help the reader to find his or her bearings within the field, and to provide a map with which to navigate book history more widely.

Chapter 1: Materiality

  • Reading Books
  • Bibliography
  • Making Printed Books
  • Typography

Chapter 2: Textuality

  • Who’s Been Tampering with My Text?
  • Copy-Text
  • Variants
  • Authorial Intentions
  • Textual Pluralism

Chapter 3: Printing and Reading

  • Print and the Book
  • The Impact of Print
  • Models for Book History
  • Print Economies
  • Controlling Print / Controlling Reading
  • Methods for a History of Reading

Chapter 4: Intermediality

  • Models of Intermediality
  • Orality and Writing
  • Manuscript and Print
  • Text and Image

Chapter 5: Remediating

  • New Media, New Materiality
  • (Hyper)Textuality
  • Digital Printing and Screen Reading
  • Reading, Knowledge, and the Digital Turn
  • Computer-Assisted Reading


The History of the Book: A Brief Chronology
Works Cited and Further Reading
List of Figures

Michelle Levy is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University.

Tom Mole is Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh.