Brief overview of the history of publishing


The chapter gives an overview of the historical evolution of publishing media in chronological sequence. Significant geographical locations and historical individuals are mentioned. An overview of interaction between the technological development of the carrier of information and content presentation is given, from clay tablets and scrolls to the formats used in print and electronic technology. The role of libraries and librarians in relation to publishers and publishing is discussed in respect to the major media forms.

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publishing history

clay tablets



printed books

Clay tablets

We are all familiar with the following crucial moments in human history: the clay ...

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