Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Sara Ayad. A study of books through history is a study of human history. In The History of the Book in Books , the author explores books that have played a critical role in the creation and expansion of books and all that they bring -- literacy, numeracy, expansion of knowledge, religion, political theory, oppression, liberation, and much more. The book is ordered chronological A study of books through history is a study of human history.
The book is ordered chronologically and divided thematically. Each of the sections focuses on one book that represents a particular development in the evolution of books and in turn, world history and society. Abundant photographs inform and embellish.
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More filters. Sort order. Apr 10, Jamie Maltman rated it really liked it. A well researched, organized and illustrated journey through the history of written communication and publishing in its myriad forms. I learned a ton about different books I'd never heard of, and more about some I was only familiar with in passing. Lots of fascinating nuggets. I felt it was stronger in the early and middle than the very end, and you can tell they're serious and devoted physical book lovers and this coffee table sized book was a labour of love with a fairly disdainful view towa A well researched, organized and illustrated journey through the history of written communication and publishing in its myriad forms.
I felt it was stronger in the early and middle than the very end, and you can tell they're serious and devoted physical book lovers and this coffee table sized book was a labour of love with a fairly disdainful view toward e-books at the end.
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Which came on the heels of discussing bias, which was slightly ironic. View 2 comments. Jan 04, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: finished , non-fiction , history , librarianship-or-books. An incredibly comprehensive look at the "books" ie cave paintings, papyrus scrolls, cuneiform, etc of ancient societies and how major advances in printing and technology led to books and e-books as we know them today.
Gorgeous color photographs Jan 29, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction.
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I recommend this book for anyone who loves books! It's a visual feast and I devoured it! Aug 15, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: z-format-book , reading-language. This is one of those books that is truly intimidating to judge at first look since it is one of those nice and awkwardly-sized books that are mobile monsters to carry thus makes just for a home read or even a digital read. Unfortunately if you are reading this as a digital copy then you are missing the true actual point of the size of the book itself.
The book takes the cu This is one of those books that is truly intimidating to judge at first look since it is one of those nice and awkwardly-sized books that are mobile monsters to carry thus makes just for a home read or even a digital read. The book takes the curious reader on the history of the printed word and literary traditions starting out with cave painting I still question this part myself than progressing up until modern literary contributions.
Each page and topic is illustrated with bright colored illustrations to give the reader a more in-depth read while also including captions to explain more information about the chosen selection. At the same time the format was quite easy-to-follow. The chapters broke down literary advances for the readers thus if you were only interested in one time period you could just skip to that section. From there the chapter starts off with a summary followed by a two-page introduction that allows the reader to have a chance to see what topics will be covered in the chapter as well as a map that shows the numbered selections the only place the reader will get an understanding of the order of the selected books and where the book comes from.
Then afterwards each book is given two pages of the pictures and short simple writings as well as the part I loved the most, which was a Connected To section that allowed the curious reader a path to study books closely or opposite the book in suggestion if they don't feel like doing a straight path. Again this is a great book that studies in-depth the history of the book and also gives many reasonable worries a face as we face them now in the modern literary world. A must-read for any diehard bibliophile Beautiful images but a bit too random and superficial to even begin to live up to its promise of providing "the complete story".
Jan 30, Jim Lyons rated it really liked it. Beautifully illustrated and a scholarly approach, which is not my normal bent, at least when it comes to books, publishing and printing. I felt the promise to take the story "from Egypt to E-Book" was stronger on the beginning, and less so at the end. And truth be told, the Egypt portion followed earlier coverage which I found fascinating. Mar 18, Erin rated it really liked it.
Interesting read. Mostly browsed it. Nov 12, Sally rated it liked it Shelves: history. Interesting pictures but I found the text not up to expectations. Jun 21, Lucy rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , library-book , non-fiction. Wonderful book, if you like books and history. Considers some that most of us in the West would not consider books, like cave paintings, but they fit. Lots of other ways or recording language that I didn't know about like strip books from China, palm leaf manuscripts from India, Sumatran books on bone, bamboo and bark, the Burmese folding format, the Andean khipus or knotted string writing.
Of course he covers Egyptian papyrus, various illuminated manuscripts and maps, and Gutenberg, other ear Wonderful book, if you like books and history. Of course he covers Egyptian papyrus, various illuminated manuscripts and maps, and Gutenberg, other early printings, both Eastern and Western.
He often covers lesser-known works rather than just the obvious ones. Chapters are: In the beginning Some terms and phrases in the text are in bold print, and these are defined in the page Glossary, which includes more illustrations. The 9-page Bibliography is organized by chapter. The picture credits tell what something is, where it is, and not just who holds the copyright for the picture.
And there's a helpful index. Excellent illustrations, often more than one for each entry. Each entry gives cross-references to similar works or subjects. Highly recommended. Oct 13, William Schram rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , reference , books-about-books , reading. The History of the Book in Books is not merely about books per se, instead, it is about the attempt to store information in formats that ensure future generations may have access to that information. Across the globe, humanity has come to grips with the issue of information retrieval and come up with myriad ways to solve it.
The book goes with Chronological Order, beginning with Cave Paintings and going all the way through to the ebook. Since the book is more about information storage and ret The History of the Book in Books is not merely about books per se, instead, it is about the attempt to store information in formats that ensure future generations may have access to that information. Since the book is more about information storage and retrieval, it includes counting aids and other things like the Ishango Bone and so on.
The book contains a number of other interesting entries coming from China, Japan, Korea, and India. For instance, take the Yongle Dadian. It is an attempt to make a comprehensive encyclopedia, but only four sets survive.
Another interesting one is the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, a Bible printed in seven languages on the same page. Contains a Glossary for unusual terms used in the book, along with a bibliography, picture credits, and an index. Do you know that feeling when you open a book and feel immediately at home? It's possible they used it against the Celestials, and that these monstrous alien beings were destroyed by their own weapon.
The Power Stone was ultimately secreted on the planet Morag. The entire area was transformed by Vibranium dust, with the energies emitted from the rare metal leading flora and fauna to evolve in a unique way. Humans settled in the area over 10, years ago, and warring tribes battled it out.
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