Knowledge Generation

10. Other publications would interpret the usefulness of ‘useful knowledge’ in different ways. Priced slightly higher at sixpence and twice as long at 32 pages, the Library of Useful Knowledge (London: Baldwin and Cradock; Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd; Glasgow: Robertson and Atkinson; Dublin: Wakeman; New York: Carvill, 1828) also aimed to capitalize on the growing market for cheap literature. However, ‘published under the supervision of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’, a middle-class Christian reform organization, the utility of the Library is moral and religious in a way that Popular Annuls is not.