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The untold story of the talking book

Author: Matthew Rubery
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2016 ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Rubery
ISBN: 9780674545441 0674545443
OCLC Number: 968330074
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: 369 Seiten. : Illustrationen. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Matthew Rubery.

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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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