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His research interests are mainly concerned with the history of the book trade, book ownership and collecting in early modern Europe. Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century (2006), volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006), and Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections (2009).