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The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future

The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future

Author Robert Darnton
Publisher PublicAffairs
Publication Date 2010-08-03
Section Essays / New Titles - Paperback
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781586489021

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.

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