The Book by Keith Houston
The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
Published Aug 2016
Featured on BBC Radio 4 as Book of the Week in May 2018
Amazon has a deal on this book in the UK. The blurb does not make clear that, apart from being well-written, it is a hardback in the old sense: it is well-constructed. Old hardbacks largely died out in the 1960s because they cost too much to produce. Their replacements were paperbacks printed on higher quality paper and glued between boards.
Keith Houston’s book is made affordable by lower cost Chinese printing. As he writes, it seemed appropriate for his book to be made in the home of paper.
This is a fascinating read and a book to keep.