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Author Darnton, Robert.

Title The case for books [Axis 360 electronic resource] : past, present, future / Robert Darnton.

Imprint New York, NY : PublicAffairs, c2009.
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 218 p.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Future. Google and the future of books ; The information landscape ; The future of libraries ; Lost and found in cyberspace -- Present. E-books and old books ; Gutenberg-e ; Open access -- Past. A paean to paper ; The importance of being bibliographical ; The mysteries of reading ; What is the history of books?
Summary The invention of writing was one of the most important technological, cultural, and sociological breakthroughs in human history. With the printed book, information and ideas could disseminate more widely and effectively than ever before--and in some cases, affect and redirect the sway of history. Today, nearly one million books are published each year. But is the era of the book as we know it--a codex of bound pages--coming to an end? And if it is, should we celebrate its demise and the creation of a democratic digital future, or mourn an irreplaceable loss? The digital age is revolutionizing the.
Subject Google Library Project.
Books -- Social aspects.
Books -- History.
Books and reading.
Communication in learning and scholarship -- Technological innovations.
Research libraries -- Forecasting.
Scholarly electronic publishing.
Library materials -- Digitization.
General Works -- Reference.
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Other Form: Print version: Darnton, Robert. Case for books. New York, NY : PublicAffairs, c2009 (DLC) 2009034693
ISBN 1586488368 (electronic bk.)
9781586488369 (electronic bk.)
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