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By Keith Houston

“Everybody who has ever learn a ebook will enjoy the approach Keith Houston explores the main robust item of our time. and everyone who has learn it is going to agree that stories of the book’s demise were tremendously exaggerated.”―Erik Spiekermann, typographer

We may perhaps love books, yet can we recognize what lies in the back of them? In The Book, Keith Houston finds that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a booklet is made inform as wealthy a narrative because the phrases on its pages―of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and insanity. In an invitingly tactile heritage of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the improvement of writing, printing, the paintings of illustrations, and binding to teach how we've got moved from cuneiform drugs and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of at the present time. guaranteed to satisfaction e-book fans of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book offers us the momentous and miraculous historical past at the back of humanity’s such a lot important―and universal―information technology.

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