Leah Price’s books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Books, How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, and The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel. She directs the Rutgers Initiative for the Book.
 (September 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Page-Turners

John Raphael Smith: Beauty in Search of Knowledge, 1781

Inky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe

by Anthony Grafton

When Novels Were Books

by Jordan Alexander Stein
The pandemic has not spared books. Booksellers responded to shelter-in-place orders by skateboarding packages to curbsides, organizing Instagram reading groups, branding face masks. None of this saved revenues from plummeting. Before the first month of lockdown was over, one survey showed that 80 percent of independent bookstores had furloughed or …