Adrian Johns is the author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Published by the University of Chicago Press and translated into Italian, Spanish, French, and Czech, Piracy won the Laing Prize from the University of Chicago and also was selected as Book of the Year by the American Society for Information Science and Technology and an Outstanding Title by Choice Magazine.
Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age was published by Norton and praised, in the Financial Times, as “a superb account of the rise of modern broadcasting.”
Adrian is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, published by the University of Chicago Press. The Nature of the Book won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the SHARP Prize for the best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing.
As well as being a professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, Adrian chairs the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science.