Where’s The Book in the Future of The Book?

Reading today about the History of The Book. I’ve heard all sorts of authors invoked, explained, grouped together, distiguished between, and problemitized (ugh, don’t like that word). Eisenstein, Birkerts, Bloom, Ong, Havelock, McGann, McKenzie, Chartier, Finkelstein, McCleery, Duguid, Darnton, Adams, Barker, Genette, Foucault, Barthes, LeFebvre, Martin. I’ve read discussions about the importance of the printing press, the codex, papyrus, parchment, churches, publishing conglomerates, book clubs, etc.Soooo many great ideas. And…

December 5, 2009
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Where’s The Book in the Future of The Book?

Reading today about the History of The Book. I’ve heard all sorts of authors invoked, explained, grouped together, distiguished between, and problemitized (ugh, don’t like that word). Eisenstein, Birkerts, Bloom, Ong, Havelock, McGann, McKenzie, Chartier, Finkelstein, McCleery, Duguid, Darnton, Adams, Barker, Genette, Foucault, Barthes, LeFebvre, Martin. I’ve read discussions about the importance of the printing press, the codex, papyrus, parchment, churches, publishing conglomerates, book clubs, etc.Soooo many great ideas. And…

December 5, 2009
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Response to Alex Reid’s “On Enjoyment and Writing”

Reading Alex Reid’s blog (Digital Digs) this morning, this passage really got me thinking: “…I want to get back to this question of “enjoyment” and being a “good writer.” The two seem related in the study, and that’s understandable. In most areas of life, it is easier to enjoy doing some activity once one has some skill at it. But here’s the thing reading this made me think: do I…

December 3, 2009
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The Digital Future of Books?

Doing a lot of reading for my prospectus lately. Books about the future of the book. Bolter, Landow, Lanham, Nunberg, Hayles, Baron and then some other smaller texts–isolated chapters and articles. I’m starting to get the impression that people LOVE to prognosticate. But who can blame them? We’re living in the Age of Computers (advent = second half of twentieth century). More specifically, especially as this discussion relates to the…

November 30, 2009
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