A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World

Books

Lyons bookI’ve been reading Lyon’s fascinating book lately.  He discusses some reasonably well known topics such as technological developments regarding books; things like changes in binding and printing and the development of text conventions.  The area which I found fascinating was the commentary on what it meant to be a reader at different points in history.  Lyons documents reading from the preserve of a select few to  contemporary widespread practice.   He writes about the difference between traditional intensive reading and newer forms of extensive (but often shallow) reading.

Lyons, M. (2010). A history of reading and writing in the western world. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

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