The History of the Book in South Asia

1st Edition

Francesca Orsini

Published July 4, 2013
Reference - 624 Pages
ISBN 9781409437840 - CAT# Y240606
Series: The History of the Book in the East


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The History of the Book in South Asia covers not only the various modern states that make up South Asia today but also a multitude of languages and scripts. For centuries it was manuscripts that dominated book production and circulation, and printing technology only began to make an impact in the late eighteenth century. Print flourished in the colonial period and in particular lithographic printing proved particularly popular in South Asia both because it was economical and because it enabled multi-script printing. There are now vibrant publishing cultures in the nation states of South Asia, and the essays in this volume cover the whole range from palm-leaf manuscripts to contemporary print culture.

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