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 in Focus, June 15-19, 2020
SHARP in Focus, June 15-19, 2020
Mark your calendars for SHARP in Focus, June 15-19, 2020. It will be a week of all kinds of book history all for you on all your devices! There'll be a virtual book launch highlighting recent publications by members, pedagogy[ ... ]
Call for Applicants
Call for Applicants
SHARP News is the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing’s quarterly digital newsletter. This publication includes features essays, book reviews, calls for papers, conference announcements, a listing of new publications, notes and queries, and reports on book[ ... ]
MLA 2020 Session on “Spenser and Digital Humanities”
MLA 2020 SHARP Session: “Databases and Print Culture Studies”
Editor sought for SHARP’s newsletter, SHARP News
Editor sought for SHARP’s newsletter, SHARP News
Founded in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is the leading international organisation for the study of the history of the book, broadly defined. It has around 1000 members from a wide range of[ ... ]
SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize 2020
SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize 2020
SHARP annually awards a $1,000 prize to the author of the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year. Owing to the generosity of the DeLong family in endowing the prize, from[ ... ]