New Reviews

Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age, edited by David Baker and Wendy Evans, reviewed by Goldwynn Lewis. Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age is the first title in the Chandos Digital Information Review Series; the series reports on key themes, advances and trends in digital information and explores their impacts and possible future developments. The volume is edited by David Baker, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Information... Read more.

Rare Books and Special Collections, by Sidney E. Berger, reviewed by Molly Dotson. Sidney E. Berger’s article “What is So Rare…: Issues in Rare Book Librarianship,” published in the Summer 1987 issue of Library Trends, reviews the previous fifty years of professional literature and concludes by affirming "the more we know, the more we need to know" [i]. With the publication of his comprehensive Rare Books and Special Collections, Berger has established a baseline for his domain expertise... Read more.

Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers, by Caroline Davis, reviewed by Anthony Olden. This is an account of the activities of Oxford University Press (OUP) in Africa from 1927 to 1980, and of its Three Crowns series from 1962 to 1976. Three Crowns (taken from the University of Oxford’s coat of arms) started with African history, politics and development and went on to include drama, poetry and short stories. It never received the acclaim... Read more.

Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era, by N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman, reviewed by Bobby L. Smiley. For many scholars of textual materials, content has historically trumped container, with message privileged over medium. But especially beginning with studies by Elizabeth Eisenstein, Robert Darnton, Roger Chartier, Adrian Johns, among others, the book as cultural object and printing “as an agent of change” has... Read more.

The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age, by Dan Kennedy, reviewed by Susan Keith. U.S. journalism is a craft in transition, its modes of delivery irrevocably changed over the past 15 years and its traditional business model deeply challenged, if not failing. As TV news operations and mid-sized to metro daily newspapers have struggled with declining audiences and advertising, the shareholder demands of publicly traded companies, and... Read more.

Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research, by Bruce Joshua Miller, reviewed by Elizabeth Frengel. All writers know that research can be a powerful tool of procrastination. But what about when it becomes a powerful source of inspiration? Curiosity’s Cats explores the wonders that come from diving down the rabbit holes of research. The thirteen essays in this volume touch on subjects from Albert Einstein and Minnesota in the 1920s to the Vinland sagas and suicide. The book's contributors... Read more.