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By Gina Dahl

In the course of fresh a long time a lot has been written approximately early glossy publication distribution, yet earlier Norway has been absent from the dialogue. Drawing on e-book listings, this learn seeks to fill this lacuna through exploring the marketplace for books in early smooth Norway. Its procedure is multifaceted: attention of the categories of books accessed via various components of Norwegian society is decided along advancements in the e-book industry itself, similar to the prolonged lifetime of well known books, the sluggish alternative of Latin by way of the vernacular and the increase within the eighteenth century within the variety of books on the market. The learn demonstrates the internationality of the Norwegian booklet industry whereas acknowledging particular styles that confirm its Norwegian personality.

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51 The presentation in news media of incidents 47 ╇ Lis Byberg, “Brukte bøker til bymann og bonde. Bokauksjonen i den norske litterære offentlighet 1750–1815” (Dr. Art. , University of Oslo, 2007), 85–86. 48 ╇James van Horn Melton, The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 111–112. 49 ╇ Finkelstein and McCleery, An Introduction to Book History, 112. 50 ╇Frøland, Dansk boghandels historie, 120. 51 ╇ Bording’s paper has been characterised as an apology for the absolutist government; see Paul Ries, “The Politics of Information in Seventeenth-Century Scandinavia,” in The Politics of Information in Early Modern Europe, ed.

Second, there were the independent sales offices which purchased books from printers or binders, local or foreign, for resale. Third, there were the itinerant salesmen and a range of more or less stationary booksellers; this grouping contained both agents sent from sales offices (attached either to a printing house or a book-binding office) and independent individuals seeking personal profit. Taken together, these three groups made a more significant contribution to providing the early modern population with books than did that scant number of printers.

10 ╇Ole Peter Grell and Thorkild Lyby, “The Consolidation of Lutheranism in Denmark-Norway,” in The Scandinavian Reformation: From Evangelical Movement to Institutionalisation of Reform, ed. Ole Peter Grell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 118–119. 11 ╇Amundsen and Laugerud, Norsk fritenkerhistorie, 73. books and their distribution21 In the later seventeenth century, harsh punishment for nonconformity was rigidly enforced. 12 However, by the late seventeenth century a strong mercantile interest increasingly counteracted this inflexibility, leading to the relaxation of certain restrictive practices.

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