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Historical Research On Reading And Writing: From Book Ownership To The Use Of Media

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Historical research on reading has led to the conclusion that people's relationships with books should be studied as part of media history, but this project has not previously been translated into an empirical study in the Netherlands. The first type of historical research, which may be defined as research on the reading public, seeks to chart readership sizes and the reading preferences of specific groups. The second type of historical research on reading focuses on reading behaviour; it studies the way books were used. This chapter discusses examples of both types of research, on the reading public and on reading behavior. Verbal and written exchanges of information remained important and acquired new applications. Two common forms of expression were images and ritual.

Keywords: historical research; media history; reading behavior; reading public



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