The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Case for Books Digitisation makes the physical properties of books disposable; e-book readers and mobile phones render them portable and accessible almost everywhere. The author is a unique authority, whose work on this subject has helped invent the discipline of the "History of the Book". This title assembles the writings he has done on this subject.
- Published: 09 September 2010
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781586489021 ISBN 10: 158648902X
- Sales rank: 134,081
Full description for The Case for Books
The era of the printed book is at a crossroad. E-readers are flooding the market, books are available to read on cell phones, and companies such as Google, Amazon, and Apple are competing to command near monopolistic positions as sellers and dispensers of digital information. Already, more books have been scanned and digitized than were housed in the great library in Alexandria. Is the printed book resilient enough to survive the digital revolution, or will it become obsolete? In this lasting collection of essays, Robert Darnton--an intellectual pioneer in the field of this history of the book--lends unique authority to the life, role, and legacy of the book in society.