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Book History, the official publication of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, Inc. (SHARP), is devoted to every aspect of the history of the book, broadly defined as the history of the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print. It publishes research on the social, economic, and cultural history of authorship, editing, printing, the book arts, publishing, the book trade, periodicals, newspapers, ephemera, copyright, censorship, literary agents, libraries, literary criticism, canon formation, literacy, literary education, reading habits, and reader response. 

Contributions will be accepted on a year-round basis, with a submission deadline of August 31 for inclusion in the following year’s volume. Articles should be submitted in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file, typed double spaced (including notes and citations), and documented in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions will be subject to double-blind review: therefore, contact information (author’s name, telephone number, postal address, e-mail address) should be provided in the cover letter but should not appear anywhere in the article itself. Contributors are welcome to submit black-and-white illustrations and graphs with their texts. We prefer articles of up to 10,000 words, but due to the journal’s book-length format, in some cases the editors will consider essays of unusual length. Articles may not be submitted to any other journal while they are under consideration at Book History.

Book History’s submissions portal is here:

Queries concerning submissions should be sent directly to the editors: Greg Barnhisel ( for articles dealing with the Americas; Beth le Roux ( for articles dealing with Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), the Pacific and global issues; and Yuri Cowan ( for articles dealing with Europe.

Greg Barnhisel
Co-Editor, Book History
Dept. of English
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282