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The Reading Experience Database (RED)

“UK RED captures the reading tastes and habits of the famous and the ordinary, the young and the old, men and women. The texts range from books and newspapers to ephemera such as playbills and tickets, and from illuminated manuscripts, novels and poetry to tombstone inscriptions and graffiti.”

For about 30,000 open access records documenting reading and reading practices in the UK, 1450-1945, see

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