To sign up for the e-mail discussion list to accompany "Cultures of the Book" in fall 1997, send e-mail to with the message "subscribe books Your Name". If you are on the list and wish to depart, the same message should be sent saying "unsubscribe books". Participants in previous iterations of the seminar will find that their names remain on the list until they choose to remove them.

To send messages to the class, just write ordinary e-mail to I've taught this course three times before, and you will find that some friendly veterans of the earlier versions remain on the list and will pitch in to the discussion from time to time.