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By Patrick M. Valentine

While the significance of writing has usually been famous, the position of books and particularly that of libraries has simply as usually been slighted. wisdom, as soon as generated, should be communicated, preserved, and available. Books of their various formats—from clay capsules to scrolls and manuscripts to pixels—have been instrumental in spreading wisdom, even supposing really little recognition has been given to the tale of books themselves.

A Social historical past of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes strains the jobs of books and libraries all through recorded historical past and explores their social and cultural value inside differing societies and altering instances. It offers the heritage of books from clay pills to e-books and the historical past of libraries, even if equipped of bricks or bytes. Following an advent that units the theoretical foundation for the old significance of books and libraries, chapters exchange among the background of the booklet and the heritage of libraries. integrated in the chapters are brief tours on a few specific improvement, akin to ebook logos or cataloging. Case reports are given as thematic illustrations of libraries everywhere.

Patrick M. Valentine argues that social and cultural forces were extra influential in picking out the character and standing of data, books, and libraries than has expertise. yet A Social heritage of Books and Libraries is much from a jeremiad opposed to expertise; fairly it offers historical past in the sophisticated but moving context of time and position. even supposing written essentially for librarians and library scholars, it is going to even be of curiosity to a much broader viewers of students and people attracted to books, libraries, and cultural history.

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