A History of British Publishing

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Routledge, Nov 14, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 10 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Preface
Literacy print and culture in early modern England
The development of the book trade
The book trade and the state
The market for books
The first publishers
The book trade and the industrial revolution
Publishing in a free trade economy
The publishing industry
Paperback publishing
Publishing for the Empire
The trade in war and peace
New competitors
The second industrial revolution
British publishing in a global economy
A note on further reading

Authors and publishers
Part III
Bibliography
Index

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