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
MLA 2021 Session on "Towards Sustainability for Digital Archives and Projects”
Recording of BYOB Launch Party, vol. 2 Now Available
SHARP BYOB Launch Party, Vol. 2
Call for Proposals - SHARP 2021
Call for Proposals - SHARP 2021
SHARP 2021 annual conferenceMoving texts: from discovery to delivery Hosted virtually by the University of Muenster, in collaboration with the Law and Literature research group (DFG SFB 1385) 26-30 July 2021 As Sydney Shep writes in the Cambridge Companion to the History of[ ... ]
The ECR Coffeehouse: a Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Book History
SHARP research development grants for BIPOC scholars