Chapter

How Readers Did Read

David Paul Nord

in Faith in Reading

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195173116
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835683 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195173112.003.0008

Series: Religion in America

 How Readers Did Read

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This chapter discusses the actual practices of ordinary readers. Readers’ reactions to the flood of Bibles, tracts, and books from national religious publishing societies in the 1840s and 1850s are described, drawing on the statistical and descriptive information collected by the American Tract Society and Presbyterian Board of Publication. It tells the story of change from scarcity to abundance in the realm of cheap religious publications, and how readers responded to this change.

Keywords: readers; reading; religious publications

Chapter.  8875 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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