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作者 Rubery, Matthew, author
書名 The untold story of the talking book / Matthew Rubery
出版項 Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2016
國際標準書號 9780674545441 (cloth)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  Z286.A83 R83 2016    在架上    30610020526869
說明 369 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
附註 "This work is the first history of recorded literature since Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877. It traces the tradition from phonographic books made on wax cylinders to talking books made for blinded soldiers returning from the First World War and, much later, the commercial audiobooks heard today. Addressing the vexed relationship between orality and print, the author shows how talking books developed both as a way of reproducing printed books and as a way of overcoming their limitations. In a wide-ranging overview, he charts the talking book's evolution across numerous media (records, tapes, discs, digital files), its reception by a bemused public, and impassioned disputes over its legitimacy. Testimonials drawn from the archives of charities for war-blinded veterans and pioneering audio publishers including Caedmon, Books on Tape, and Audible vividly recreate how audiences over the past century have responded to literature read out loud. This book poses a series of conceptual questions too: What exactly is the relationship between spoken and printed texts? How does the experience of listening to books compare to that of reading them? What influence does a book's narrator have over its reception? What methods of close listening are appropriate to such narratives? What new formal possibilities are opened up by sound recording? Sound technology turns out to be every bit as important as screens to the book's ongoing transformation. In sum, this book breaks from convention by treating audiobooks as a distinctive art form that has profoundly influenced the way we read."-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-351) and index
Introduction: what is the history of audiobooks? -- Part I. The phonographic library -- Canned literature -- Part II. Blindness, disability, and talking book records -- A talking book in every corner of dark-land -- How to read a talking book -- A free press for the blind -- From shell shock to shellac -- Unrecordable -- Part III. Audiobooks on and off the road -- Caedmon's third dimension -- Tapeworms -- Audio revolution -- Afterword: speed listening
主題 Audiobooks -- History
Literature and technology -- History
Talking books -- History
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