A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World


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.