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The evolution of the book

Author: Frederick G Kilgour
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick G Kilgour
ISBN: 0195118596 9780195118599
OCLC Number: 36817106
Description: 180 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Dynamics of the Book --
Incunables on Clay --
Papyrus Rolls --
The Greco-Roman World --
The Codex, 100-700 --
Islam, 622-1300 --
Western Christendom, 600-1400 --
Printing, 1400-1800 --
Power Revolution, 1800-1840 --
Climax of Books Printed from Cast Type, 1840-1940 --
Computer-Driven Book Production --
The Electronic Book.
Responsibility: Frederick G. Kilgour.
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This study is a concise history of the book in all its forms, starting from the very beginning with the invention of writing and concluding at the present time with the electronic revolution and what  Read more...

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