Dr Daniel Boswell
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course will provide an introduction to digital book culture from the vantage point of the twentieth century onwards. The historical basis for the development of digital technology and its application to creative industry will be explored, as well as the after-effects of digitisation on work processes and the publishing economy.  Following the introduction we will examine particular aspects of the digital revolution in greater detail, with a focus on how this new landscape has encouraged adjustments in literacy, design, production, and the day to day workings of a traditional publishing house. We will consider contemporary figures whose contributions to digitisation have been influential in this evolution, and we will also draw on theoretical comparisons between past and present by investigating ‘the eBook’ from a top-down perspective to draw conclusions about the features of digital texts that reflect aspects of the past eras of text. The course tutor teaches broadly on subjects surrounding digital book culture in the twentieth century, globalisation and entrepreneurial publishing on the MA in Publishing at UCL.

Very high standard of teaching - Daniel is incredibly well informed and the course accessible and engaging. There were a lot of insights and references that were tailored to individual students' interests.