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By Patrick M. Valentine

While the significance of writing has frequently been famous, 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 obtainable. Books of their various formats—from clay pills to scrolls and manuscripts to pixels—have been instrumental in spreading wisdom, even though particularly little consciousness has been given to the tale of books themselves.

A Social historical past of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes lines the jobs of books and libraries all through recorded background and explores their social and cultural value inside of differing societies and altering instances. It provides the background of books from clay drugs to e-books and the historical past of libraries, no matter if outfitted of bricks or bytes. Following an creation that units the theoretical foundation for the historic value of books and libraries, chapters exchange among the historical past of the booklet and the background of libraries. integrated in the chapters are brief tours on a few specific improvement, similar to publication logos or cataloging. Case reviews are given as thematic illustrations of libraries everywhere.

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

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