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The Case for Books : Past, Present, and Future - Robert Darnton

The Case for Books

Past, Present, and Future

Paperback Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9781586489021
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2010 "A useful text with which to muse on this subject is Robert Darnton's The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (PublicAffairs, 2009). In it, the onetime newspaper reporter, distinguished scholar of the Enlightenment and the history of the book, and director of Harvard's libraries, swings between explanations and concerns about Google Book Search, and how the situation with books today looks in the perspective of history. Many of his observations give pause."

Introductionp. vii
Google and the New Digital Futurep. xvii
Google and the Future of Booksp. 3
The Information Landscapep. 21
The Future of Librariesp. 43
Lost and Found in Cyberspacep. 59
E-Books and Old Booksp. 67
Gutenberg-ep. 79
Open Accessp. 103
A Paean to Paperp. 109
The Importance of Being Bibliographicalp. 131
The Mysteries of Readingp. 149
What Is the History of Books?p. 175
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9781586489021
ISBN-10: 158648902X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd August 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1