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The Book in Print


Admission requirements

This course is a core module for students on the MA Book and Digital Media Studies (or exchange students admitted to this programme). Students from other programmes are welcome to approach the course coordinator for admission, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


This introductory course deals with the history of the printed book in the West. Central themes are the transition from manuscript to print, censorship, the development of copyright, technical and organisational changes in book production and distribution, reading and book collecting, the emergence of a public sphere, the physical appearance of the book, and the impact of the printed book on society. During the course, students will be given small research assignments.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire a general knowledge of the history of the printed book in the West from the invention of printing to the present;

  • Students become familiar with the methods and tools used in book historical research.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research

Assessment method


  • Written examination

  • Assignment


  • Written examination (70%)

  • Assignment (30%)
    The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


In the case of a fail students are entitled to re-write the examination and/or small assignment.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Eliot, Simon, & Jonathan Rose (eds.), A Companion to the History of the Book (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007).


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office. À la carte education and Contract teaching not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal.


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