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Nicholas A. Basbanes
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Nicholas A. Basbanes is an award-winning investigative journalist and was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian, and he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Basbanes lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts, with his wife.

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The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Written by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $17.95

A Best Book of the Year: Mother JonesBloomberg News, National PostKirkus 

In these pages, Nicholas Basbanes—the consummate bibliophile’s bibliophile—shows how paper has been civilization’s constant companion. It preserves our history and gives record to our very finest literary, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. Since its invention in China nearly two millennia ago, the technology... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On Paper
The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Written by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00

A consideration of all things paper—its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers—written by the admired cultural historian and author of the trilogy on all things book-related: A Gentle Madness; Patience and Fortitude (“How could any... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

On Paper
The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History
Written by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $13.99

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