The Book

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

Author: Keith Houston

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393244793

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 428

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-401) and index.

The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

Author: Keith Houston

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244806

Category: History

Page: 400

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“Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”—Erik Spiekermann, typographer We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages—of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important—and universal—information technology.

The Oxford Handbook of Publishing

Author: Angus Phillips,Michael Bhaskar

Publisher: Oxford Handbooks

ISBN: 0198794207

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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Publishing is one of the oldest and most influential businesses in the world. It remains an essential creative and knowledge industry, worth over $140 billion a year, which continues to shape our education and culture. Two trends make this a particularly exciting time. The first is the revolution in communications technology that has transformed what it means to publish; far from resting on their laurels and retreating into tradition, publishers are doing as they always have - staying on the cutting edge. The second is the growing body of academic work that studies publishing in its many forms. Both mean that there has never been a more important time to examine this essential practice and the current state of knowledge. The Oxford Handbook of Publishing marks the coming of age of the scholarship in publishing studies with a comprehensive exploration of current research, featuring contributions from both industry professionals and internationally renowned scholars on subjects such as copyright, corporate social responsibility, globalizing markets, and changing technology. This authoritative volume looks at the relationship of the book publishing industry with other media, and how intellectual property underpins what publishers do. It outlines the complex and risky economics of the industry and examines how marketing, publicity, and sales have become ever more central aspects of business practice, while also exploring different sectors in depth and giving full treatment to the transformational and much discussed impact of digital publishing. This Handbook is essential reading for anyone interested in publishing, literature, and the business of media, entertainment, culture, communication, and information.

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture

Medium, Object, Metaphor

Author: Heike Schaefer,Alexander Starre

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030225453

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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This essay collection explores the cultural functions the printed book performs in the digital age. It examines how the use of and attitude toward the book form have changed in light of the digital transformation of American media culture. Situated at the crossroads of American studies, literary studies, book studies, and media studies, these essays show that a sustained focus on the medial and material formats of literary communication significantly expands our accustomed ways of doing cultural studies. Addressing the changing roles of authors, publishers, and readers while covering multiple bookish formats such as artists’ books, bestselling novels, experimental fiction, and zines, this interdisciplinary volume introduces readers to current transatlantic conversations on the history and future of the printed book.

The Dragon Behind the Glass

A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish

Author: Emily Voigt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451678940

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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A journalist's quest to find a wild Asian arowana--the world's most expensive aquarium fish--takes her on a global tour through the bizarre realm of ornamental fish hobbyists to some of the most remote jungles on the planet.

Ancient Aliens®

The Official Companion Book

Author: Producers of Ancient Aliens, The

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062455400

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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The first official companion book to HISTORY® network’s hit series Ancient Aliens®: a powerful journey through human history that explores fascinating unanswered questions about the origins of our civilizations. With a foreword by Series Creator, Kevin Burns. Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings. What if it were true? And if so, what if there were clues left behind? Each week, hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in to the wildly popular Ancient Aliens® television series to seek insight into those very questions—and to become part of a thrilling, probing exploration of the mysteries at the heart of world civilizations. The first official companion book to the hit show, Ancient Aliens® takes readers even deeper into the mysteries that have made the show a pop culture phenomenon. Filled with exciting insights and behind-the scenes stories from the show’s creators and leading experts in ancient alien theory, the book explores the key questions at the heart of the series: Who were they? Why did they come? What did they leave behind? Where did they go? Will they return? Transporting readers around the globe, Ancient Aliens® explores the fascinating enigmas and mysterious artifacts our ancestors left behind, from incredible objects to amazingly accurate ancient maps; from the Great Pyramid of Giza and stone megaliths at Gobekli Tepe to the Nazca Plains and mysterious structures of Puma Punku. Accompanied by lavish 4-color photography throughout, the book allows armchair archaeologists to examine the evidence up close for the first time. Both the ultimate-fan book and the perfect gift for readers new to the show, Ancient Aliens® is a compelling journey through the mysteries of our ancient civilizations and the possibility of alien influence on our cultures.

A Revelation of Love

Author: Julian (of Norwich)

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing

ISBN: 9780852446430

Category: Devotional literature, English (Middle)

Page: 165

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Few texts have held such interest or been the object of such enduring devotion as has Julian of Norwich's classic, A Revelation of Love. John Skinner's translation offers today's reader the immediacy of one of the most powerful books in the English language. Julian's message of God's intimate and enabling love is revealed as both beguiling and inescapable. The poetry and rhythmic structure of the original Middle-English are respected, and her earthy and direct style is still discernible. Julian's key ideas and her unique system of thought are expertly introduced by a brief commentary at the head of each chapter, together with further informative footnotes and a detailed glossary. Julian of Norwich was born sometime in December 1342 and probably lived until around 1430. We do not know the exact dates of her birth and death, or even her real name, but we do know the exact date of her Revelation, 8th May 1373. Julian lived as an anchorite, a hermit walled up in a couple of rooms propped up against the walls of St Julian's Church in Conesford Street, Norwich, following a strict religious life. The tradition of English mysticism was at its height in the late-fourteenth century, and Julian's own writing can be seen as part of this development in spirituality. A mystic has a heightened awareness of the presence of God, and through this receives direct tangible communication from Him. Julian's message is that this does not mean the mystic is an extraordinary person, set apart from the rest of us - rather there is a mystic in all of us, if only we will attend. All our common calling in this life is to come to know God and experience the touchings of His love. There can be no doubt that Lady Julian is the greatest of the English mystics. Thomas Merton John Skinner is well known as a writer and lecturer on spirituality, with a special interest in the English mystics. Foremerly a journalist with The Times. he was a Jesuit for thirteen years. It was while he was still a novice that he found Julian's mystical writing, setting in process a lifelong relationship with Julian's mystical path. He is the author of Hear Our Silence, a popular study of the English Carthusians, informed by the experience of living within a Carthusian community, and Sounding the Silence, an exploration of ways to engage with the intense experience of silence in prayer - both books are also published by Gracewing.

In the Shadow of Man

Author: Jane Goodall

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297865374

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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'One of history's most impressive field studies; an instant animal classic' TIME Jane Goodall's classic account of primate research provides an impressively detailed and absorbing account of the early years of her field study of, and adventures with, chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa. It is a landmark for everyone to enjoy.


Portnoy's Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Bernard Avishai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300192414

Category: History

Page: 230

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An in-depth look at Phillip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint examines his own writings, teaching notes and personal interviews about the novel, the Jewish community's outrage over the book, Roth's critique of psychoanalysis within its pages and much more.