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History of the Book Anthology

February 6, 2011

I am currently teaching a History of the Book course, and I’m using Routledge’s The Book History Reader. The volume has a handful of seminal essays, but many of the articles are pitched above the undergraduate level. Fredson Bowers’s piece on bibliography, for instance, is beyond the reach of most college students, and the Eisenstein and Johns excerpts seem to me injudiciously chosen. Moreover, the selections on hypertext are both dense and dated. Can anyone recommend a book history anthology that is geared toward undergraduates and up-to-date? Alternatively, if you were to compile your own anthology, which essays would you include?

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