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Knygotyra (Book Science)
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ISSN (Print) 0204-2061 - ISSN (Online) 0204-2061
Published by Vilnius University Homepage  [38 journals]
  • Editorial Board and Table of Contents

    • Authors: Aušra Navickienė
      Pages: 1 - 6
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Bestsellers, Digital Technologies and Their Limits in Book History

    • Authors: Martyn Lyons
      Pages: 7 - 11
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.103
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Bestseleriai, skaitmeninės technologijos ir jų ribos knygos

    • Authors: Martyn Lyons
      Pages: 12 - 16
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.104
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Gambling on a Sale: Gift-enterprise Bookselling and Communities of Print
           in 1850s America

    • Authors: Kristen Highland
      Pages: 17 - 45
      Abstract: This article explores the phenomenon of the gift enterprise bookstore in the mid-nineteenth-century United States. An early form of premium marketing, the gift-book enterprise promised to reward each book purchase with a surprise ‘gift’, ranging from pencils to dress patterns to cutlery to jewellery. A novel form of marketing books, the gift enterprise bookstore teetered on a thin line between sensation and sham. Although decried as form of illegal lottery gambling and beset by accusations of dishonesty, gift-book enterprises grew immensely popular. Drawing on extensive archival research on one of the most successful gift-book enterprises, the bookstores of G.G. and D.W. Evans—operating in urban centres from 1856–1861—this article examines gift enterprise bookselling in the context of mid-nineteenth-century American print cultures. As savvy entrepreneurs, the Evans’ leveraged the national reach and perceived authority of the newspaper by engaging in debates over the morality and legality of the business in the columns of widely-circulating papers and capitalised on editorial and reprinting practices to endorse their business model and market their bookstores. In addition, in lengthy bookseller catalogues distributed across the nation, the Evans’ created a bookstore in print and shaped inclusive imagined and real communities of reader-book buyers. Examining the print culture of Evans’ gift-book enterprise offers new insights into nineteenth-century book marketing and the ways in which gift enterprise bookselling was intimately connected to and inseparable from contemporary print forms, networks, and practices. Taking the gift-book enterprise seriously expands the histories of American bookselling and decentres the dominant focus on large publishers. In addition, the gift-bookstore phenomenon highlights how bookselling is always entwined with larger cultural dynamics.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.105
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Cicero, Voltaire and the Bible: French Best-Sellers in the Age of

    • Authors: Simon Burrows
      Pages: 46 - 79
      Abstract: Since the early twentieth century, when Daniel Mornet conducted his path-breaking survey of private library catalogues in an attempt to determine what people read during the enlightenment, historians have debated how to identify the best-selling texts in the distant past. Besides library catalogues, scholars of eighteenth-century France have ransacked will inventories, publishers’ archives, print licence registers, book auction records, the titles available in cabinets de lecture, and even the extraordinarily rich records of books stamped in an amnesty for pirated editions in 1777–1781. This article suggests that none of these sources taken in isolation can give us sufficient insight to provide a reliable overview of the book trade and the market for books. Taken together and analysed digitally, however, they give important representative insights into the best-selling texts, genres and authors of the eighteenth century. The article compares and contrasts the findings of several large-scale digital projects to identify and explore the best-selling – or most frequently-encountered-texts across a number of genres including school-books, self-help manuals, popular medical texts, creative literature and religious works. In the process, it will help us to think more critically about what constituted a best-seller in the early modern period. By revealing some broad contours of eighteenth-century print culture, it will also challenge existing narratives of the enlightenment, secularisation, popular literacy and the book trade.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.106
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • How Did the Translation of Genovefa by Christoph von Schmidt Become the
           19th-Century Lithuanian Vestseller'

    • Authors: Aušra Navickienė
      Pages: 80 - 110
      Abstract: This article analyses the repertoire of nineteenth-century Lithuanian fiction to identify cases of bestsellers and to reconstruct their publishing history. The concept of nineteenth-century Lithuanian fiction publication is broadly understood. It includes fiction printed in the Lithuanian language in Lithuania, Lithuania Minor and the Lithuanian emigration from 1795, when the third partition of Poland and Lithuania took place and the lands of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were annexed by Russian empire, until 1904, when the ban on printing in Latin script, which lasted for four decades after 1864, was lifted. The history of the translation and publication of German writer Christoph von Schmidt’s work Genovefa was selected as a study case. A study was conducted to find answers to various issues: Does this publication with its fifteenth editions qualify as the Lithuanian bestseller' What factors led to the large number of new editions of this title' How did contrafactions (publications with intentionally false imprints) contribute to book sales during the ban on publishing in Latin characters in Lithuania' The research findings reveal publishing trends characteristic of Europe in a phase of modernisation (new business models of the publishing industry, growing public literacy and changing public demand for reading material). In addition, they show the peculiarities of nineteenth-century book publishing and the book trade in the European regions involved in a struggle against occupation and for the preservation of their national identities.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.107
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Culturomic Explorations of Literary Prominence Using Google Books: A Pilot

    • Authors: Jukka Tyrkkö, Ilkka Mäkinen
      Pages: 111 - 139
      Abstract: The availability of databases of digitised literary materials, such as Google Books, Europeana and historical newspaper databases, has revolutionised many disciplines, e.g., linguistics and history. So far, the use of digitised materials has not been very frequent in the history of books and the history of reading. This article presents tools, methodologies and practices that offer new possibilities in the study of book history and the history of reading. The use of these tools makes it possible to study vast amounts of data quickly and effectively, to present results in helpful visualisations, to make it possible to follow the line of reasoning and, if necessary, to check the reliability of the research by presenting the data for control. The examples presented are drawn from the Google Books database using a simple piece of software that exploits the API of the Google Books Ngram Viewer tool that is available free of charge.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.108
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • Expert Reception of The Limits to Growth: A Few Simple Tools for the Book

    • Authors: Cheryl Knott
      Pages: 140 - 162
      Abstract: In the early 1970s, a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used new methods of computer modelling to simulate global dynamic processes. The outcome of their work was a series of projections of the depletion of natural resources worldwide, with potentially dire consequences for the environment and the economy. Their report on their modelling and its projections was issued as a book in 1972, entitled The Limits to Growth. It created an immediate debate among scholars, policy makers, and other educated readers, and publications citing The Limits to Growth over its lifespan are voluminous. It continues to be cited 50 years after it was issued. The long citation period and the varied responses over time pose challenges for the book historian seeking to characterise the reception of the book. This article explores the ways in which book historians can use readily available citation analysis and visualisation tools to deepen understanding of a book’s reception beyond the qualitative methods typically used in the secondary literature. The Web of Science’s citation indexing and the HathiTrust collection’s full-text searching capability are used to identify articles and books that have cited or referred to The Limits to Growth. Examples of the visualisations generated from the search results in each are included as illustrations of simple, accessible tools that the lone book historian can use when the scale of his or her work does not require the kind of computational analytics created to parse big textual data in digital humanities projects.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.109
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • The Bibliographical Maker Movement

    • Authors: Courtney “Jet” Jacobs, Marcia McIntosh, Kevin M. O’Sullivan
      Pages: 163 - 193
      Abstract: At the end of the twentieth century, increased access to certain technologies and processes, such as 3D scanning, computer-aided design, rapid fabrication and microcircuitry, enabled consumers to become creators of material design. These activities, which collectively came to be known as making, extended across both public and private sectors, including the study of the book. This paper offers an extended discourse on the full range of activities comprising the bibliographical maker movement, which in recent years has coalesced around the idea that maker culture may be employed to enhance our understanding of not only the history but also the future of the book. The application of these new technologies toward critical book studies has proceeded from the practice-based approach to research and instruction first begun under the auspices of the bibliographical press movement in the mid-twentieth century. In keeping with this earlier work, biblio-making is predicated upon the idea that certain kinds of knowledge are best gained through personal experience and experimentation. This article will first outline the benefits of applying 3D technologies to the goals of book history before locating and describing the activities of participating individuals and institutions within three broad categories: holistic, 3D digitisation; recovering historical tools and processes; and creative experiments in book design. As the article demonstrates, the strength and potential of the bibliographical maker movement lies in its widening community of practice and that, by virtue of its being an open-access network of constituents, it is now poised to make a significant and lasting contribution to the study of the book.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.111
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
  • The Benefits and Limitations of Digital Tools to Retrieve the Emotions of
           Nineteenth-Century Readers of Philosophy from Manuscript Letters

    • Authors: Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, Nathalie Richard
      Pages: 194 - 224
      Abstract: This article discusses the limitations and benefits of resorting to digital tools and research methodology to explore nineteenth-century manuscript letters, written by readers to the French philosopher Victor Cousin, and to increase our understanding of how ordinary readers responded to philosophy at the time. More broadly, it examines the potential assets of the annotation interface developed in the Reading Europe Advance Data Investigation Tool (READ-IT 2018–2021), a collaborative research project focusing on regenerating lost connections about the cultural heritage of reading from large volumes of highly-diverse eighteenth- to twenty-first-century sources in multiple languages. The case study describes challenges raised by attempts to detect and classify differences between female and male philosophical reading experiences as well as emotional responses, something which is largely under-explored. Along the way it provides reflexive as well as epistemological insights into the promises of big data for research on cultural history and literary archives and the current state of knowledge on emotions.
      PubDate: 2022-06-27
      DOI: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2022.78.112
      Issue No: Vol. 78 (2022)
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