A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to by Patrick M. Valentine PDF

By Patrick M. Valentine

While the significance of writing has usually been well-known, the position of books and particularly that of libraries has simply as frequently been slighted. wisdom, as soon as generated, needs to be communicated, preserved, and available. Books of their various formats—from clay pills to scrolls and manuscripts to pixels—have been instrumental in spreading wisdom, even supposing particularly little cognizance has been given to the tale of books themselves.

A Social historical past of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes strains the jobs of books and libraries all through recorded background and explores their social and cultural significance inside differing societies and altering instances. It provides the historical past of books from clay pills to e-books and the historical past of libraries, no matter if equipped of bricks or bytes. Following an creation that units the theoretical foundation for the old significance of books and libraries, chapters trade among the historical past of the booklet and the heritage of libraries. integrated in the chapters are brief tours on a few specific improvement, comparable to ebook logos or cataloging. Case stories are given as thematic illustrations of libraries everywhere.

Patrick M. Valentine argues that social and cultural forces were extra influential in selecting the character and standing of data, books, and libraries than has expertise. yet A Social historical past of Books and Libraries is way from a jeremiad opposed to know-how; fairly it offers historical past in the sophisticated but moving context of time and position. even though written basically for librarians and library scholars, it's going to even be of curiosity to a much broader viewers of students and people drawn to books, libraries, and cultural history.

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