The Evolution of the Book

The Evolution of the Book

  • Author : Frederick G. Kilgour
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Total Pages : 192
  • ISBN-10 : 0190283653
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Distinguished scholar and library systems innovator Frederick Kilgour tells a five-thousand-year story in this exciting work, a tale beginning with the invention of writing and concluding with the emerging electronic book. Calling on a lifetime of interest in the growth of information technology, Kilgour brings a fresh approach to the history of the book, emphasizing in rich, authoritative detail the successive technological advances that allowed the book to keep pace with ever-increasing needs for information. Borrowing a concept from evolutionary theory--the notion of punctuated equilibria--to structure his account, Kilgour investigates the book's three discrete historical forms--the clay tablet, papyrus roll, and codex--before turning to a fourth, still evolving form, the cyber book, a version promising swift electronic delivery of information in text, sound, and motion to anyone at any time. The clay tablet, initially employed as a content descriptor for sacks of grain, proved inadequate to the growing need for commercial and administrative records. Its successor the papyrus roll was itself succeeded by the codex, a format whose superior utility and information capacity led to sweeping changes in the management of accumulated knowledge, the pursuit of learning, and the promulgation of religion. Kilgour throughout considers closely both technological change and the role this change played in cultural transformation. His fascinating account of the modern book, from Gutenberg's invention of cast-type printing five hundred years ago to the arrival of books displayed on a computer screen, spotlights the inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs who in creating the machinery of production and dissemination enabled the book to maintain its unique cultural power over time. Deft, provocative, and accessibly written, The Evolution of the Book will captivate book lovers as well as those interested in bibliographic history, the history of writing, and the history of technology.

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World [Matt Kracht]

  • Author : Matt Kracht
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Humor
  • Total Pages : 192
  • ISBN-10 : 1797213415
Let's face it—all birds are fascinating, wonderful, idiotic jerks—no matter where in the world they reside. Following in the footsteps of the bestselli … GET BOOK
Treasury of Audubon Birds

Treasury of Audubon Birds [John James Audubon]

  • Author : John James Audubon
  • Publisher : Courier Dover Publications
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Art
  • Total Pages : 144
  • ISBN-10 : 0486846563
Featuring the snowy egret, wild turkey, brown pelican, screech owl, and many others, this new collection gathers 130 select plates from Audubon's octavo ed … GET BOOK
Pushing To The Front

Pushing To The Front [Orison S. Marden]

  • Author : Orison S. Marden
  • Publisher : Noodle-Doo Studios
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Total Pages : 585
  • ISBN-10 :
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A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open

A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open [Theodore Roosevelt]

  • Author : Theodore Roosevelt
  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Total Pages : 384
  • ISBN-10 : 1596058110
As much a symbol of the nation 's adventurous past as he was the very picture of booming 20th-century progress, Theodore Roosevelt politician and soldier, … GET BOOK
A Short History of the United States

A Short History of the United States [Robert V. Remini]

  • Author : Robert V. Remini
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Political Science
  • Total Pages : 416
  • ISBN-10 : 0061981990
In A Short History of the United States, National Book Award winner Robert V. Remini offers a much-needed, concise history of our country. This accessible … GET BOOK
Glimpses of America

Glimpses of America [James W. Buel]

  • Author : James W. Buel
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Total Pages : N.A
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It has been my good fortune to make many trips across the continent over the various railway lines; and business and pleasure have taken me during the past … GET BOOK
Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age

Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age [Haidy Geismar]

  • Author : Haidy Geismar
  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Art
  • Total Pages : 164
  • ISBN-10 : 1787352811
Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age explores the nature of digital objects in museums, asking us to question our assumptions about the material, soci … GET BOOK
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America [Matt Kracht]

  • Author : Matt Kracht
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Humor
  • Total Pages : 176
  • ISBN-10 : 1452177392
National bestselling book: Featured on Midwest, Mountain Plains, New Atlantic, Northern, Pacific Northwest and Southern Regional Indie Bestseller Lists Per … GET BOOK
Effin' Birds

Effin' Birds [Aaron Reynolds]

  • Author : Aaron Reynolds
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Humor
  • Total Pages : 208
  • ISBN-10 : 1984856294
A compact, comprehensive, and very silly field guide featuring more than 200 of the rudest birds on earth. Effin' Birds is the most eagerly anticipated new … GET BOOK
Epicoene

Epicoene [Ben Jonson]

  • Author : Ben Jonson
  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Release : 2012-12-04
  • Category: Drama
  • Total Pages : 291
  • ISBN-10 : 1776677315
In this Renaissance comedy, a marriage that was entered into for all the wrong reasons goes hilariously astray. The grumpy curmudgeon Morose chooses his wi … GET BOOK