Chapters Three and Four

Chapters Three and Four - Chapter 3 BOOKS HISTORY(pp 64-65...

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Chapter 3 – BOOKS HISTORY : (pp. 64-65) 1. Restricted, expensive (power) 2. National literacy - compulsory education 3. Technology: linotype (e.g., typewriter), offset lithography (e.g. photography) 4. Pulp fiction, paperbacks (popular culture) CULTURAL VALUE OF BOOKS : 1. Agents of change (e.g. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Turner Diaries ) 2. Cultural repository (e.g. Atlas, encyclopedia) 3. Windows on the past - even non-fiction 4. Sources of personal development (e.g . Our Bodies, Ourselves) 5. Source of entertainment, escape, and personal reflection 6. Personal (e.g. interpersonal communication), non-commercial 7. Cultural mirrors CENSORSHIP – power vs. the 1 st Amendment (Figures 3.1 & 3.2) THE ECONOMICS OF PULISHING - difficult, complex, and Increasingly restrictive (in a different sense) 11 BOOK CATEGORIES : (pp. 77-78) Cont. BOOK TRENDS : 1. Convergence : e-publishing, D-books, P-O-D, DEN’s 2. Conglomeration : positive vs. negative aspects 3. Profits and hypercommercialization : subsidiary rights, instant books 4. Small (alternative, specialized) presses 5. Retailing evolves
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