It’s hard to believe – but our inaugural network conference took place a full five years ago in Freiburg! Since then, this blog has been in existence, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed over the years. We are still convinced that it’s a good place to make […]

Medium Buch. Wolfenbütteler interdisziplinäre Forschungen Herausgegeben vom Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis für Bibliotheks-, Buch- und Mediengeschichte. For the 2020 issue, researchers are invited to contribute to the topic “Presenting the book in the digital world”. Books have been read and collected for centuries, but have also been used to present one’s own person, mainly their inner life […]

This catalogue of all printers, bookbinders, booksellers and publishers in Bohemia and its capital Prague (1749-1848) is a follow-up to the reference work Buchwesen in Wien 1750-1850 by Peter R. Frank and Johannes Frimmel. In addition to the companies and their owners, extensive data has been collected on very small businesses and their employees, without […]

Since 2011, the Internationale Buchwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (IBG) has annually published KODEX. The ninth volume was co-edited by Christian Benne (Copenhagen) and Carlos Spoerhase (Bielefeld) and deals with the theme of materiality and features contributions by scholars from a variety of related disciplines. Contributors include André Schüller-Zwierlein, Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Tobias Heyl, Philip Ajouri and Petra Feuerstein-Herz. […]

Guest post by Ute Schneider, Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media / Book Studies, JGU Mainz In the series “Ästhetik des Buches” (Wallstein Verlag), an attractive little volume has been published in which the photography historian Steffen Siegel, Essen, reconstructs the history of photography from the history of the photo book. It is based […]

Bernhard Tauchnitz’ Collection of British and American Authors, initiated in 1841, was not only a successful entrepreneurial endeavour but a milestone in the history of print culture as well. The Leipzig-based Tauchnitz publisher, renowned all over the world for his series of affordable pocket books in English, produced more than 5000 volumes within the course […]

Our network member Simon Rosenberg (WWU Münster) has just sent us the following news, which we are delighted to share with you. Publishers influence reading culture through the choice of works they publish. Similarly, they were influenced by the reading material they encountered during their lives. Sandra Simon’s PhD thesis, which has just been published […]

We were recently alerted to this new publication, which is a complete revision of an “old classic” for students of book and publishing studies. The textbook Wie ein Buch entsteht by Hans-Helmut Röhring was first published in 1983 and has introduced thousands of students, book trade apprentices, and entry-level employees in the book business to […]