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According to the Book Man, the book is linked to the desire of humans to create lasting records. Stones could be the most ancient form of writing, but wood would be the first medium to take the guise of a book. The words biblos and liber first meant "fibre inside of a tree". In Chinese, the character that means book is an image of a tablet of bamboo. Wooden tablets (Rongorongo) were also made on Easter Island.

Book History is devoted to every aspect of the history of the book, broadly defined as the history of the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print. It publishes research on the social, economic, and cultural history of author- ship, editing, printing, the book arts, publishing, the book trade, periodicals, newspapers, ephemera, copyright, censorship, literary agents, libraries, literary criticism, canon formation, literacy, literary education, reading habits, and reader response.

The current thinking, much in vogue in places like Silicon Valley, is that we are in the middle of a new revolution in book publishing on par with the one launched by Johannes Gutenberg more than 500 years ago. This time around, it is the Internet, not the printing press, which is bringing unprecedented change and disruption to the way we create, distribute and read books. In fact, Gutenberg has even been unofficially adopted as the patron saint of Silicon Valley, and the same types of people who are willing to talk about a “Third Industrial Revolution” are also presumably willing to discuss Jeff Bezos, whose Amazon.com brought us the Kindle, as a Gutenberg for the digital age.

But, how much has the experience of reading a book actually changed in the past generation – or, for that matter, since the age of Gutenberg?


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