The Archiv fur Geschichte des Buchwesens contains academic articles and source editions, and covers all subjects connected with books and their history. On the long road from author to reader, as Herbert G. Gopfert phrases it, lie a series of thematic stages such as those of the author (with his or her social background), book design, forms of production and marketing, collection in libraries and reader circles. The history of books does t stand for itself, but is a part of social development as a whole, of the political, intellectual and ecomic situation. It opens perspectives on aspects continuous from the late Middle Ages to the present. The Archiv fur Geschichte des Buchwesens has an established place in German and international book research.