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Publishing Research Quarterly

, 27:298 | Cite as

Nicole Howard: The Book: The Life Story of a Technology

The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2009, 192 pp, $25.00, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-8018-9311-7
  • Casey Brienza
Book Review

“Books,” according to Eastern Oregon University history professor Nicole Howard in her introduction to the aptly titled The Book, “represent a peak of technology, giving permanence and form to ideas and knowledge.” It is “the one technology that has made all the others possible.” In other words, the book is the repository of our history and our cultural memory, and it is for this reason that it is held sacred in so many cultures. It even, on occasion, seems to take on a life of its own, and from this idea that the products of human invention have life stages comes Howard’s magisterial work on the life story of the book.

The Book: The Life Story of a Technologywas first published in hardcover by Greenwood Press in 2005. It has since been reissued in paperback by The John Hopkins University Press in 2009. There does not appear to be any new material for this new edition, but the intervening 4 years have been kind, and it does not seem the worse for wear. This paperback edition does,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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