Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture: Books as Media

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Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture examines the role of the book in the modern world. It considers the book’s deeply intertwined relationships with other media through ownership structures, copyright and adaptation, the constantly shifting roles of authors, publishers and readers in the digital ecosystem and the merging of print and digital technologies in contemporary understandings of the book object.

Divided into three parts, the book first introduces students to various theories and methods for understanding print culture, demonstrating how the study of the book has grown out of longstanding academic disciplines. The second part surveys key sectors of the contemporary book world – from independent and alternative publishers to editors, booksellers, readers and libraries – focusing on topical debates. In the final part, digital technologies take centre stage as eBook regimes and mass-digitisation projects are examined for what they reveal about information power and access in the twenty-first century.

This book provides a fascinating and informative introduction for students of all levels in publishing studies, book history, literature and English, media, communication and cultural studies, cultural sociology, librarianship and archival studies and digital humanities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages245
ISBN (Electronic)9780429322747
ISBN (Print)9780367339012, 9780367338992
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • print culture
  • publishing
  • book history
  • media studies
  • editing
  • adaptation
  • bookselling
  • reading
  • libraries
  • eBooks
  • Google
  • cultural policy

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