In January 2004, sunlight hours tv presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan introduced their booklet membership and sparked debate concerning the method humans in Britain, from the overall reader to publishers to the literati, considered books and studying. The Richard & Judy publication membership Reader brings jointly historians of the ebook, literature students, and experts in media and cultural experiences to check the impression of the membership on studying practices and the publishing and merchandising of books. starting with an research of the publication club's background and its ongoing improvement when it comes to different studying teams world wide together with Oprah's, the editors ponder problems with e-book advertising and style. additional chapters discover the consequences of the mass-broadcast famous person ebook membership on society, literature and its advertising and marketing, and pop culture. participants ask how readers talk about books, pass judgement on worth and make offerings. the gathering addresses questions of authorship, authority and canon in texts hooked up by means of subject or style together with the postcolonial unique, incapacity and representations of the physique, nutrients books, and domesticity. additionally, e-book membership writer Andrew Smith stocks his reports in a desirable interview.

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