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A first response to this book might be doubt. How, one might wonder, can such an epic topic be covered in so few pages? But any suspicions you have will quickly dissolve once you delve into this remarkably comprehensive and deftly written volume that entertains and informs until the very last page. Long before that point, however, it will become obvious… (More)
works less well collected by major libraries: prayer books, newsletters, Papal indulgences (perhaps 30 percent of the surviving printed documents from the fifteenth century), the Reformation's war-ring pamphlets, best-selling vernacular works (especially chivalric romances), and bread-and-butter Latin grammars and other educational works. In all cases,… (More)
from the information practices of other European states: by noting differences as well as similarities, he is able to bring out the specific features of Colbert's system. He also impressively marshals a wide array of primary sources—particularly published and unpublished papers from Colbert's archives—to provide specific examples of the information… (More)
ingly, he concludes that they may have a continuing, if diminished, role to play in an informational environment that increasingly privileges systems for full-text retrieval such as Internet search engines. Because, in Warner 's view, semantic labor is categorically not transferable to machines, any reduction in semantic description labor entails an… (More)