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The Untold Story of the Talking Book.

Author: Matthew Rubery
Publisher: Cumberland : Harvard University Press, 2016.
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"This work is the first history of recorded literature since Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877. It traces the tradition from phonographic books made on wax cylinders to talking books made for blinded soldiers returning from the First World War and, much later, the commercial audiobooks heard today. Addressing the vexed relationship between orality and print, the author shows how talking books  Read more...
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Rubery, Matthew.
Untold Story of the Talking Book.
Cumberland : Harvard University Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Rubery
ISBN: 9780674974555 0674974557
OCLC Number: 963719703
Notes: AcknowledgmentsIndex.
Description: 1 online resource (380 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction: What Is the History of Audiobooks?; Part I: The Phonographic Library; Chapter 1. Canned Literature; Part II: Blindness, Disability, and Talking Book Records; Chapter 2. A Talking Book in Every Corner of Dark-Land; Chapter 3. How to Read a Talking Book; Chapter 4. A Free Press for the Blind; Chapter 5. From Shell Shock to Shellac; Chapter 6. Unrecordable; Part III: Audiobooks on and off the Road; Chapter 7. Caedmon's Third Dimension; Chapter 8. Tapeworms; Chapter 9. Audio Revolution; Afterword: Speed Listening; Notes; Credits.

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Histories of the book often move straight from the codex to the digital screen. Left out is nearly 150 years of audio recordings. Matthew Rubery uncovers this story, from Edison to today's  Read more...

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