The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future

The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future

Robert Darnton


The period of the published ebook is at a crossroad. E-readers are flooding the industry, books can be found to learn on cellphones, and firms comparable to Google, Amazon, and Apple are competing to command close to monopolistic positions as dealers and dispensers of electronic info. Already, extra books were scanned and digitized than have been housed within the nice library in Alexandria. Is the broadcast booklet resilient adequate to outlive the electronic revolution, or will it develop into out of date? during this lasting selection of essays, Robert Darnton—an highbrow pioneer within the box of this historical past of the book—lends specific authority to the lifestyles, position, and legacy of the ebook in society.

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