** Contents available at 27/prod.335 ** The International Journal of the Book provides a forum for publishing professionals, librarians, researchers and educators to discuss that iconic artefact, 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.