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An Honest Trade Booksellers and Bookselling in Scotland by David Finkelstein

An Honest Trade Booksellers and Bookselling in Scotland

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An Honest Trade Booksellers and Bookselling in Scotland by David Finkelstein

Bookselling in Scotland went through radical changes during the course of the twentieth century: the creation of more attractive shop interiors to replace the gloomy cathedrals of the pre-Second World War Era; increasing specialization of outlets, including the development of paperback bookshops; the growth of chains and the dogged persistence of independents; the abolition of the net book agreement; and, the importance of the mass media in the promotion of books. This book provides a lively account of bookselling and booksellers through the life histories of key and representative figures in the Scottish trade, told in their own words. A balanced blend of anecdote and analysis, this is the first comprehensive insight into the nature of the trade and the radical changes it has been through in the past eighty years.

About the Author

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University. David Finkelstein is Professor of Media and Communication at QMUC. Jennie Renton is the editor of Scottish Book Collector and the on-line literary magazine Textualities.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd December 2008


David Finkelstein

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John Donald Publishers Ltd


192 pages


Economic history
Social & cultural history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Retail sector



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