[SIGCIS-Members] Query: price of information prior to 20th c?

Paul N. Edwards pne at umich.edu
Sat Nov 10 02:51:09 PST 2012

Does anyone know of a credible estimate of the price of information over the last several centuries?

For example, cost per book, cost per page, cost per Bible since Gutenberg?

Even better would be an estimate that went further back to the manuscript era. 

thanks -


Paul N. Edwards
Professeur invité, Sciences Po, Paris, 2012-13)
Professor of Information and History, University of Michigan 
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010)

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