SHARP News, the society’s quarterly newsletter, features stimulating essays, book reviews, calls for papers, conference announcements, a listing of new publications, notes and queries, and reports on book studies throughout the world. From issue to issue, SHARP News addresses matters that concern all book historians everywhere. There is no other publication in the world quite like it, and as a result it enjoys a global readership.

SHARP News is now available online and can be accessed here.

Issues dating from Autumn 2016 and earlier can be accessed by SHARP members here.

Editorial Team


news [at]
Andie Silva

Head Reviews Editor

Nora Slonimsky

European Book Reviews Editor
reviews_europe [at]
Christina Ionescu

North American Book Review Editor
reviews_usa [at]
Jeffrey Makala

Australasia / Pacific Review Editor
reviews_pacific [at]
Susann Liebich

South Asia Review Editor
reviews_southasia [at]
Abhijit Gupta

Exhibition Reviews Editor
reviews_exhibs [at]
Position vacant

E-Resources Reviews Editor
e_resources [at]
Molly Hardy

bibliographer [at]
Cecile M. Jagodzinski

The Last Post

“With this hard copy, I thee read.” Well, so much for intertextuality… This is to alert all SHARP Members that 23.4 is the last SHARP News that will be delivered in hard copy to your physical letterbox. From 24.1, you will be able to access, read, download, and print a .pdf version of the quarterly newsletter delivered via our members’ only space: as we have been doing over the last two years! Throughout 2015, your SHARP News team will be exploring new publishing models that include disaggregating content and placing it in digital-only spaces, linking our bibliographies to reviews, adding commenting functions to commissioned reviews, crowdsourcing content, and more. We are treating this as a research project and will be looking at best practice in the e-domain under the professional guidance of Jason Ensor, our Director of Electronic Resources, Claire Squires, our Director of Publications, and our new SHARP News Editor, Padmini Ray Murray. Yours truly will also be involved in this transition and we will be encouraging SHARPists to help us test our prototypes throughout the process. So, in going boldly where no SHARPNews has gone before …

— Sydney Shep, December 2014

Sample Issues

Here are four sample issues from 2009 of SHARP News which you can download in PDF format:

Issue 18.1 | 18.2 | 18.3 | 18.4