Volume IV: Professionalism and Diversity 1880-2000
Edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery
In this volume a range of distinguished contributors provide an original analysis of the book in Scotland during a period that has been until now greatly under-researched and little understood.
The issues covered by this volume include the professionalisation of publishing, its scale, technological developments, the role of the state, including the library service, the institutional structure of the book in Scotland, industrial relations, union activity and organisation, women and the Scottish book, and the economics of publishing.
Separate chapters cover Scottish publishing and literary culture, publishing genres, the art of print culture, distribution, and authors and readers. The volume also includes an innovative use of illustrative case studies.
The broad scope of the publishing economy presented in each chapter is counterpointed by the fine detail of individual struggles to surmount the challenges of publishing in a country moving from the centre to the margins of a global industry. In fascinating detail, volume 4 of The Edinburgh History of the Book recounts the transformation in Scotland's publishing and literary fortunes from 1880 to 2000.
Lucidly written and theoretically astute, its overview essays are balanced by engaging studies of specific features ranging from paper mills to Harry Potter. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for this foundational contribution to the cultural history of Scotland and to book history worldwide.