Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control
Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead.
From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities.
Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.
This collection of historical and commercial analysis should fascinate those seriously involved with book culture and/or the industry.
Forget the premature obituaries for books and reading. Striphas insists that books remain a vital presence in the twenty-first century.
The Late Age of Print is an important history of the book and their impact on (mostly) American culture.
It is rare to say of a university press hardcover that it is a "must-read," but for those interested in the confluence of culture and economics as it relates to books, that is what The Late Age of Print is.
This book is a gold mine of information and thought about book culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Gwen M. Gregory
A solid work of scholarship that fills in several significant gaps... Highly Recommended.
A magnificent achievement that makes a compelling series of arguments about the continuing importance of books and book publishing.
Striphas does an excellent job.
What is it that you purchase when you buy a book? In describing the answer, [Striphas]is admirably clear about the choices publishers or booksellers made, and why.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Late Age of Print1. E-books and the Digital Future2. The Big-Box Bookstore Blues3. Bringing Bookland Online4. Literature as Life on Oprah's Book Club5. Harry Potter and the Culture of the CopyConclusion: From Consumerism to ControlNotesIndex
Winner of the Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association's Critical Cultural Studies Division