The Business of Books

The Business of Books

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In 1450 very few English men or women were personally familiar with a book; by 1850, the great majority of people daily encountered books, magazines, or newspapers. This book explores the history of this fundamental transformation, from the arrival of the printing press to the coming of steam. James Raven presents a lively and original account of the English book trade and the printers, booksellers, and entrepreneurs who promoted its development. Viewing print and book culture through the lens of commerce, Raven offers a new interpretation of the genesis of literature and literary commerce in England. He draws on extensive archival sources to reconstruct the successes and failures of those involved in the book tradea€”a cast of heroes and heroines, villains, and rogues. And, through groundbreaking investigations of neglected aspects of book-trade history, Raven thoroughly revises our understanding of the massive popularization of the book and the dramatic expansion of its markets over the centuries.They also ridiculed the a#39;hero of Finsbury Squarea#39; for whom a#39;small profits do great ... constraint of three and a half centuries of machinea€”led publication.5 The long quest to improve the wooden printing press, to reduce manual effort, and toanbsp;...


Title:The Business of Books
Author: James Raven
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2007-08-22
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