A Global Scholarly Society

“The goal in the next decade or so should be to prepare students to be discerning users of, and contributors to, all media. An excellent starting point on the Web is the site of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.” – Edward Tenner, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communication network. With more than a thousand members in over forty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history in all its forms.


SHARP Sponsored Events
SHARP Regional Liaison Reports
SHARP Regional Liaison Reports
SHARP is pleased to announce that its regional liaison annual reports are now available online: please follow the link under the My SHARP section of the website. These reports date back to 2012, and have been compiled by our regional liaisons.[ ... ]
Crisis or Enlightenment? Developments in the Book Trade, 1650-1750. St Andrews Book Conference, 20-22 June 2019
Big Magazines
Big Magazines
A new series of videos has been uploaded to SHARP's YouTube channel, SHARP Cloud. Click here to watch videos of lectures from the conference 'Mediating American Modernist Literature: The Case of/for Big Magazines, 1880-1960', which was held at Aix-Marseille Université[ ... ]
MLA 2019 SHARP Panel: “New Perspectives in Book History”
MLA 2019 SHARP Panel: “New Perspectives in Book History”
Panel 484, 12 – 1:15 p.m. Sat. 5 Jan., Hyatt Regency Roosevelt I, Chicago, Illinois Description: Panelists explore new perspectives that are altering the way we do book history, such as global perspectives and digital humanities, ephemeral book objects in twentieth-century[ ... ]
Editor sought for SHARP’s Book History journal
SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices
SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices
Please click here to view the SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices.[ ... ]