9781586489021

The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future

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  • ISBN13:

    9781586489021

  • ISBN10:

    158648902X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/3/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

A former professor of European history at Princeton University, Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library. The founder of the Guttenberg-e program, he is the author of many books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Google and the New Digital Futurep. xvii
Future
Google and the Future of Booksp. 3
The Information Landscapep. 21
The Future of Librariesp. 43
Lost and Found in Cyberspacep. 59
Present
E-Books and Old Booksp. 67
Gutenberg-ep. 79
Open Accessp. 103
Past
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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