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2nd Edition

A History of British Publishing

ISBN 9780415302258
Published December 22, 2005 by Routledge
550 Pages

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Book Description

Thoroughly revised, restructured and updated, A History of British Publishing covers six centuries of publishing in Britain from before the invention of the printing press, to the electronic era of today.

John Feather places Britain and her industries in an international marketplace and examines just how ‘British’, British publishing really is. Considering not only the publishing industry itself, but also the areas affecting, and affected by it, Feather traces the history of publishing books in Britain and examines:

  • education
  • politics
  • technology
  • law
  • religion
  • custom
  • class
  • finance, production and distribution
  • the onslaught of global corporations.

Specifically designed for publishing and book history courses, this is the only book to give an overall history of British publishing, and will be an invaluable resource for all students of this fascinating subject.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Early Modern Book Trade  1. Literacy, Print and Culture in Early Modern England  2. The Development of the Book Trade  3. The Book Trade and the State  4. The Market for Books  Part 2: Publishing in the Industrial Age  5. The First Publishers  6. The Book Trade and the Industrial Revolution  7. Publishing in a Free Trade Economy  8. The Diffusion of Knowledge  9. The Age of the Novel  10. Authors and Publishers  Part 3: The Publishing Industry in the Twentieth Century  1. The First of the Mass Media  12. The Publishing Industry  13. Paperback Publishing  14. Publishing for the Empire  15. The Trade in War and Peace  16. New Competitors  17. The Second Industrial Revolution  18. British Publishing in a Global Economy

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John Feather is Professor of Library and Information Studies at Loughborough University.