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Serial Publication in England before 1750 - R. M. Wiles

Serial Publication in England before 1750

Paperback Published: 24th August 2012
ISBN: 9780521170680
Number Of Pages: 426

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This 1957 text was the first thorough account of the serial publication of books in the eighteenth century. Professor Wiles shows how, first by serialization in newspapers and then by releasing instalments of a work in progress in small packets of sheets stitched in blue paper and delivered regularly to subscribers, English publishers made new and old books available to a great number of readers. It had not previously been realized how extensive the practice was. As a method of publishing it had important effects: because books could be sent out in instalments the high price of books sold was no longer a bar to the spread of literacy and useful knowledge. After explaining the growth of this method from the last years of the seventeenth century until 1750, Professor Wiles gives important chapters to related questions, such as the state of the law of copyright.

Note on dates
'Nimbly through the Nation'
Series, serials, and supplements
The earliest number books (1678-1731)
Fascicules in full spate (1732-1733)
The law and profits
Production, promotion, distribution
For every taste and pocket
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ISBN: 9780521170680
ISBN-10: 0521170680
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 24th August 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.54