Book and book groups

Hagenhoff S (2023)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: In press

Publication Type: Book chapter / Article in edited volumes

Future Publication Type: Article in Edited Volumes

Publication year: 2023

Publisher: Springer

Edited Volumes: Handbook of Media and Communication Economics

City/Town: Berlin

Pages Range: online


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-34048-3_30-2


The book in the form of the codex known today is considered the oldest mass medium. The article first attempts to grasp this medium detached from its material nature with the help of the approaches of various disciplines and contours it as an indeterminable form of “reading medium.” Over three major periods – the manuscript era, printing with movable type, and the age of digitization – the nature of the production, the product, and the publishing system are traced and characterized. For the current German-language book market, the structures of the two value-added stages of production and distribution are described and the institutions that directly or indirectly influence the system of book media communication are elaborated.

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Hagenhoff, S. (2023). Book and book groups. In Jan Krone, Tassilo Pellegrini (Eds.), Handbook of Media and Communication Economics. (pp. online). Berlin: Springer.


Hagenhoff, Svenja. "Book and book groups." Handbook of Media and Communication Economics. Ed. Jan Krone, Tassilo Pellegrini, Berlin: Springer, 2023. online.

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