The Book

The Book

A Cover-to-cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

eBook - 2016
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Reveals how books and the materials that make them reflect the history of human civilization, tracing the development of writing, printing, illustrating, and binding to demonstrate the transition from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the mass-distributed books of today.
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393244809
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 428 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)


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Oct 30, 2018

Very nicely produced volume (hardback), packed with interesting historical information. The author is not a polished writer, but this is a labor of love and it shows.

Jul 24, 2017

This is a history of the printed page, told with attention to detail and a dry wit (i.e. punny chapter titles). One particularly interesting element is the inclusion of designations for all of the standard concepts of modern printing (indent, drop cap, ornaments, etc.) where they appear in the text. Good for both the avid bibliophile and for someone who just happens to be curious and picks up this book.

Jul 18, 2017

Offbeat non-fiction book divided into page (papyrus, parchment to paper), text (printing), illustrations (silent monks complain of working conditions to woodblock) & form (tied, sewed to glued).
Big ew on one lovely hardcover example that have tanned human skin.
Who knew paper size wasn't standardized into Reagan when government paper same as letter sized paper?
Not surprised on some inventors got shafted by the rich & powerful.

Jul 10, 2017

When I borrowed "The Book" from the SFPL I wasn't sure if it would hold my interest. It did. In fact it was a notably interesting and enjoyable read.

"The Book" not only provides a very informative history of the book, the book is a joy to hold. It reminded me, not that I needed to be reminded, what a pleasure it is to turn off the devices, not spend a second worrying whether an electronic reading device is sufficiently charged (actually I don't own a dedicated eReader), and enjoy a journey uninterrupted by incoming email, et cetera.

If you are like me a lifetime recreational reader, you'll enjoy The Book...

Mar 30, 2017

I had too many books come in a the same time and because there were several people waiting for this one, I had to return it before I could do more than page through it. It is a gorgeous book with the set up in which each part of the book and cover are labeled was wonderful. I was never aware that each part of each of the pages that precede the narrative have a name and a specific place beyond the title, author name and publisher's info. I am anxious for my request to come around again.

Nov 02, 2016

A book for true geeks/nerds. The history of the book. I loved it!


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