Geographies of the Book

Charles W. J. Withers and Miles Ogborn, eds.(Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)

Recommended by Fariha Shaikh

Charles W. J. Withers and Miles Ogborn, eds., Geographies of the Book (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)This is an edited collection, but nonetheless, the introduction sets out an extremely useful framework for thinking about books as ‘placed’ objects, and what happens to them when they begin to move and circulate. As Withers and Ogborn explain, while the history of the book is a discipline that has been long studied, far less attention has been paid to the geography of the book, a topic which is intimately connected to the cartographies of print production and distribution. The introduction is a great read if you are interested in gaining a critical vocabulary for talking about books as moving objects!