Ebooks & Book Launch

We’re pleased to announce a seminar and book launch for this year’s final Media History meeting. The seminar will start at 6pm on Tuesday May 16 in Senate House’s Chancellor’s Hall. The book launch will take place immediately afterwards (7 onwards – feel free to join us anytime).

First up: Simon Rowberry on ‘Resurrecting the Ebook: A media archaeological excavation of the Kindle’s development, 1930-2007.’

Amazon’s launch of the Kindle in 2007 was lauded as the moment when ebooks finally became economically viable for publishers. This success was facilitated by Amazon’s careful analysis of previous failed attempts to commercialize ebooks since the early 1990s, and earlier theoretical models developed since the 1930s. This presentation will explore how the Kindle’s reputation stems from a mixture of adapting pre-existing technology and the right social-technological context rather than a complete revolution in ebook design.

Simon Rowberry is Lecturer in Digital Media and Publishing at the University of Stirling. His research on ebooks and online reading habits has been published in Language and Literature, Convergence and Orbit: Writing Round Pynchon. Simon is currently working on a monograph exploring the development of the Kindle in its first decade.

The seminar will be followed by a book launch to celebrate the publication of Joanne Shattock’s Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Shattock

Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars offer a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the diversity, range and impact of the newspaper and periodical press in nineteenth-century Britain. Essays range from studies of periodical formats in the nineteenth century – reviews, magazines and newspapers – to accounts of individual journalists, many of them eminent writers of the day. The uneasy relationship between the new ‘profession’ of journalism and the evolving profession of authorship is investigated, as is the impact of technological innovations, such as the telegraph, the typewriter and new processes of illustration; and contributors go on to consider the transnational and global dimensions of the British press and its impact in the rest of the world. As digitisation of historical media opens up new avenues of research, the collection reveals the centrality of the press to our understanding of the nineteenth century.

The book will be introduced by Michael Slater, author of Charles Dickens (2009), Douglas Jerrold (2002) and editor of the Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens’ Journalism (1994-2000).

All welcome. Further information about the seminar is available through the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of English Studies.

 

 

Advertisements

Media History Seminar Programme 2016-17

Here’s the provisional schedule for this year’s Media History Seminar jointly run by the Institute of English Studies and Institute of Historical Research. The seminars will take place at Senate House on designated Tuesdays starting at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

“Media History” Programme 2016-17:

Session 1 (18 October 2016):

Prof. Steve Connor (Cambridge)

“Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Writing Machines”

Senate House Room 104

Session 2 (8 November 2016):

Dr Amanda Wrigley (Westminster)

“BBC Radio as ‘a new and exciting means of education’ in the interwar years”

Dr John Wyver (Westminster)

“The arts on early television and the BBC’s cultural mission in the interwar years”

Senate House Room 243

Session 3 (24 January 2017):

Prof. Jane Chapman (Lincoln)

“Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Researching Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History”

Senate House Room 243

Session 4 (28 February 2017):

Prof. Marianne van Remoortel (Ghent)

“Pioneer or Copycat? The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine in its European Context”

Respondent: Dr Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Ghent)

Senate House Room 243

Session 5 (16 May 2017):

Dr Simon Rowberry (Stirling)

“Resurrecting the Ebook: A media archaeological excavation of the Kindle’s development, 1930-2007”

Senate House Chancellor’s Hall

The schedule will be updated and additional information provided about the talks in due course. In the meantime, please save the dates.

This seminar is generously supported by the Media History journal, Queen Mary University of London’s English Department, the Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research.