Darnton: The Case for Books

Cover of Darnton, The Case for Books

A collection of thoughtful essays exploring digital issues, from Google Books to open access.

From the book:

“Why then the continuing fascination with electronic publishing? It seems to have passed through three stages: an initial phase of utopian enthusiasm, a period of disillusionment, and a new tendency toward pragmatism. At first we thought  we could create an electronic space, throw everything into it, and leave the readers to sort it out. Then we learned that no one would read a book on a computer screen or wrestle through heaps of printouts.”

The Case for Books: Past, present and future
PublicAffairs
Paperback, 2009
256pp
Robert Darnton is a former director of Harvard University Library

Contents

Introduction
Google and the New Digital Future
PART I: FUTURE
1 Google and the Future of Books
2 The Information Landscape
3 The Future of Libraries
4 Lost and Found in Cyberspace
PART II: PRESENT
5 E-books and Old Books
6 Gutenberg-e
7 Open Access
PART III: PAST
8 A Paean to Paper
9 The Importance of Being Biographical
10 The Mysteries of Reading
11 What is the History of Books?
Bibliography

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