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 […]

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 […]

re-posting from conference website — Call for Papers The written word has immense power. Manuscripts, books, newspapers, pamphlets, internet and even graffiti can define and spread knowledge as well as form tools for emancipation and liberation. Yet it can also break down communities and fuel discontent. Some argue that new technologies and strategies have enhanced […]

The goal of the workshop, sponsored by the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels and convened by Prof. Dr. Georg Götz (Gießen), is an economic assessment of the book market. The topics to be discussed include book quality and variety, the industry structure in general and the substitutability between the online and offline sales channel from the […]

We’re happy to announce a new book, edited by Alexander Starre (blog administrator) and Heike Schaefer, one of our associated scholars. The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture: Medium, Object, Metaphor is now out with Palgrave Macmillan as part of their New Directions in Book History series. Book abstract: This essay collection explores the cultural […]

Cross-posting from DLA Marbach (Link) A cooperation of: Bielefeld University, Germany / German Literature Archive, Marbach, Germany / Linköping University, Sweden / The Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden General Remarks The Nobel Prize in Literature is the most widely known and most prestigious literature prize worldwide. Since its first distribution in 1901, the prize has established […]

Quaerendo (Brill, ISSN 1570-0690 https://brill.com/view/journals/qua/qua-overview.xml) invites you to submit a paper for possible inclusion in a special issue. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Quaerendo, one of the leading peer-reviewed journals on the history of books and manuscripts in Europe, especially but not exclusively the Low Countries and its neighbours. To commemorate this milestone […]