Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 68–78 | Cite as

What is a Book? Redefining the Book in the Digitally Social Age

  • Miriam J. JohnsonEmail author


This article focuses on what is meant by the term ‘book’. Here, there is a consideration of how the definition of the book has altered over time as technology has improved and as writers themselves began to have different relationships to the book and industry. It further explores the ways the book itself has altered in format, from printed to digital, with audio editions, and socially in relation to the rise of social media and a new form of author who chooses to write and share their works directly within social platforms. In this context, book must be redefined to incorporate the context of new social technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford International Centre for Publishing StudiesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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