By Keith Houston

“Everybody who has ever learn a publication will enjoy the manner Keith Houston explores the main strong item of our time. and everyone who has learn it's going to agree that reviews of the book’s demise were tremendously exaggerated.”―Erik Spiekermann, typographer

We could love books, yet can we understand what lies in the back of them? In The Book, Keith Houston finds that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a publication is made inform as wealthy a narrative because the phrases on its pages―of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and insanity. In an invitingly tactile background 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 capsules and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of this present day. absolute to satisfaction publication enthusiasts of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book provides us the momentous and outstanding heritage at the back of humanity’s so much important―and universal―information technology.

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