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  • The excellent Call For Papers website at the University of Pennsylvania has a special bibliography section

  • One of the best starting point for book-related websites is SHARP's home page.

  • Book History Online - a fully searchable index of all the entries in the Annual bibliography of the history of the printed book and libraries (ABHB) since 1990.

  • The Bibliographical Societies of America, the University of Virginia, Canada, London, Cambridge Oxford, and Edinburgh.

  • The Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, Oxford.

  • Details of the Oxford-Princeton partnership in the History of the Book.

  • Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies (London).

  • Cambridge Project for the Book Trust.

  • The Centre for the History of the Book is an international and interdisciplinary centre at the University of Edinburgh, dedicated to advanced research into Bibliography and Book History.

  • The History of the Book in Scotland project.

  • Napier University's Scottish Centre for the Book.

  • SAPPHIRE is a collaborative project between Napier University and Queen Margaret University College committed to recording and storing for posterity the voices and lives of the men and women who worked in the Scottish publishing and printing industries.

  • University of Ulster's History of the Irish Book.

  • University of Cardiff's Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research.

  • Leiden Centre for the Book (includes English version).

  • Bibliopolis, an electronic national history of the printed book in the Netherlands (includes English version).

  • Institut d'Histoire du Livre.

  • Idaho Center of the Book.

  • Detailed 'bibliophile resources' are available at Oak Knoll's website (under 'About us').

  • The Printing Historical Society.

  • The Book History Research Network.

  • WATCH - for copyright holders for late nineteenth and twentieth century authors.

  • Bookbinding and the Conservation of books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology.

  • Two websites listing the modern equivalents of Latin place-names: http://www.catholic-history.org.uk/latin_names.htm and http://www.lib.byu.edu/~catalog/people/rlm/latin/names.htm.

  • Full details - and texts - of Ian Maxted's Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History (updated link).

  • Privately-Owned English Urban Manuscripts 1300 - 1476: A Database - this project will produce a database of urban manuscripts which will be publicly and freely accessible over the web, and would be happy to hear from anyone working in related areas.

  • Robin Alston's Library History Database is currently being transferred to the University of London. In the meantime, see this posting for details of an archived copy.

  • The British Book Trade Index is now fully searachable.

  • Online database (still in progress) of bookbindings in the British Library.

  • ALB1876: American Libraries before 1876 is a Princeton University database of 10,000 libraries of all sorts in existence in the United States before the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

  • The Folger Institute is a centre for advanced study and research in the humanities, with an early modern focus; it often includes events and seminars on the history of the book.

  • The Medieval Manuscripts and Textual Cultures research hub is a one-stop forum for the discussion of research issues pertaining to scholars of medieval manuscripts.

  • For a comprehensive list of talks and meetings in the history of cartography, see John Docktor's 'Calendar'.

  • The webpage for SVEC (formerly Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century), the Voltaire Foundation's major academic series.

  • On November 23, 1996, the Reading Experience Database [RED] was launched. The following is taken from a posting to the SHARP listserv e-mailing list on November 28.

    [February 1998: The Reading Experience Database (RED) is launching a quarterly newsletter -RED Letter- for contributors to, and those interested in, the database and related topics in the history of reading. If you wish to receive an electronic version of issue one please contact . This issue contains a list of designated readers of texts which contain many reading experiences, and news about the Open University Book History research project 'Was there a reading revolution? Evidence for change in the British reading experience, 1700-1740-1800-1840'. If you would like a hard copy of RED Letter, complete with the RED introduction pack, please write to Dr Colclough, The Open University, Parsifal College, 527 Finchley Road, London NW3 7BG, UK.]



     Laudant illa sed ista legunt - Martial
    (They praise those but read these)
     RED launched on 23 November 1996
    The Reading Experience Database (RED), run jointly by the Open University, UK and the British Library's Centre for the Book, was launched on 23 November 1996. RED will record evidence of every type of reading experience over the period 1450-1914. Initially it will be restricted to reading experience in the British Isles and reading experience of those born in the British Isles (so the reading of British travellers abroad and first generation British and Irish emigrants will be included) but later we hope to expand the range.

     Printed forms on which a reading experience can be recorded will be available from RED. At the same time RED will be launched on the Internet with a home page which will include an electronic version of the form (so that it will also be possible to send examples of reading experience to RED electronically).

     Anyone interested in a particular individual who lived at any time in Britain during the period 1450-1914 (and who left letters, diaries, annotated books, etc. which contain evidence of reading experience) should get in touch with one of RED directors listed below. RED is looking for volunteers to work their way systematically through such materials in order to record evidence of reading.

     We aim to keep everybody informed of developments in RED by issuing regular reports on its progress. Within a few years we hope to make the growing contents of RED available to all those who have contributed to it. Somewhat later RED will be made accessible to all interested parties.

    Further information and copies of the RED record form are available from either Simon Eliot or Mike Crump.

     Dr Simon Eliot, RED, The Open University, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol BS1 6ND. Internet address: s.j.eliot@open.ac.uk

     Mr Mike Crump, RED, Centre for the Book, The British Library, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

    Maintained by Ian Gadd