Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing (CBCP)

CBCP undertakes research in book cultures and publishing with a distinctive global, multilingual and multidisciplinary focus.

CBCP aligns expertise in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian-language publishing and book history, with transatlantic and European research partnerships in typography and book design (Latin and non-Latin scripts), and in the printing and publishing trades.

Researchers in the centre have shared interests in the materiality of text and image (both analogue and digital), in how digital methods can enhance scholarship, and the ways in which books are produced, distributed and read in global contexts today and in the past.

Reading’s renowned collections in book, printing and publishing history, and facilities and technical expertise to explore the making of type and printing processes, underpin this research. Further, CBCP has a wide network of international libraries, galleries, museums, professional societies and organisations with which to collaborate.

We support an active and growing community of PhD, Postdoctoral, and Early Careers researchers. Please do get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more.