Episode 1: Biblio-Files, the Origin Story

“Biblio Banter is all about _____.”
Match Game favorite Charles Nelson Reilly

Get ready to match the stars…of our new book history podcast!

In the very first episode of Biblio Banter, Erin, Natalia, Ellen, and Laura talk about the big questions: Just what is book history? (Or is it book studies?) What is a book? And why is book smuggling so exciting?

What is a book? Here is Random House’s definition.

We then fill in the blanks of Robert Darnton’s influential Communications Circuit in a game inspired by the classic (and wacky) 1970s game show Match Game.

Darnton’s Communication Circuit
First introduced in his 1982 article, “What is the History of Books?”

Play along, and let us know if you matched any of our answers!

To listen, follow the link.

For further reading, consider:

Samizdat – Smuggling Soviet Literature

Auction of First Edition Harry Potter

Take a course by Robert Darnton

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