This collection brings together published papers on key themes which book historians have identified as of particular significance in the history of twentieth-century publishing. It reprints some of the best comparative perspectives and most insightful and innovatively presented scholarship on publishing and book history from such figures as Philip Altbach, Lewis Coser, James Curran, Elizabeth Long, Laura Miller, Angus Phillips, Janice Radway, Jonathan Rose, Shafquat Towheed, Catherine Turner, Jay Satterfield, Clare Squires, Eva Hemmungs Wirten. It is arranged into six sections which examine the internationalisation of publishing businesses, changing notions of authorship, innovation in the design and marketing of books, the specific effects of globalisation on creative property and the book in a multimedia marketplace. Twentieth-century book history attracts an audience beyond the traditional disciplines of librarianship, bibliography, history and literary studies. It will appeal to publishing educators, editors, publishers, booksellers, as well as academics with an interest in media and popular culture.
Alexis Weedon is Professor and Director of the Research Institute for Media Art and Design, University of Bedfordshire, UK Philip G. Altbach, Lewis A. Coser, Elizabeth Long, Linda E. Connors, Sara Lynn Henry, Jonathan W. Reader, James Curran, Shafquat Towheed, Mary Ann Gillies, Eric de Bellaigue, Eva Hemmungs Wirten, Valerie Holman, Jirina Smejkalova, Caroline Davis, Graham Huggan, Jonathan Rose, Janice Radway, Catherine Turner, Clare Squires, Laura J. Miller, Robert Franciosi, Jay Satterfield, George P. Landow, Angus Phillips, Simone Murray.