The Book  A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 22 August 2016
  • ISBN : 9780393244809
  • Page : 400 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 7 voters
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Download or read online book entitled The Book A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time, was written by Keith Houston and published by W. W. Norton & Company in pdf, epub and kindle format. This book was released on 22 August 2016 with total pages 400. “Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”—Erik Spiekermann, typographer We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages—of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important—and universal—information technology.


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