The International Journal of the Book

The International Journal of the Book provides a forum for publishing professionals, librarians, researchers, and educators to discuss that iconic artifact, the book—and to consider its past, present and future. Do the new electronic media (the internet, multimedia texts, and new delivery formats) foretell the death of the book? Or will they give us greater access, diversity, and democracy?

The journal is relevant for anyone in the world of books—authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators, and academic researchers. Discussions range from the reflective (history, theory, and reporting on research) to the highly practical (examining technologies, business models, and new practices of writing, publishing, and reading).

The International Journal of the Book is peer-reviewed, supported by rigorous processes of criterion-referenced article ranking and qualitative commentary, ensuring that only intellectual work of the greatest substance and highest significance is published.

Serial Founded: 2003
ISSN: 1447-9516 (Print) ISSN: 1447-9567 (Online)
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Past Publication Frequency: Quarterly (2003–2017)
Current Publication Frequency: Biannually

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Publish Your Research with Us

The International Journal of the Book encourages the widest range of submissions and aims to foster the highest standards of intellectual excellence.

Wide Reach

Publishing in both electronic and print formats, we are committed to expanding the visibility, reach, and impact of research in The International Journal of the Book.

Better Reviews

Reviewers are selected on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. All review scores are based on clearly articulated criteria, leading to fairer and more precise feedback.

Participatory Process

We take seriously the “peer” of “peer review.” After having work accepted for publication, authors become reviewers, making the journal truly the collaborative work of a Research Network.


We don’t put undue weight on institutional affiliation, stage in career, previous publishing experience, national origins, or disciplinary perspective. If the article is excellent, it will be considered for publication.


As Research Network members, authors have subscriber access to the journal and book imprint.

Hybrid Open Access

Authors can make their articles freely available via the Hybrid Open Access option.

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