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The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date November 14, 2006
Pages 251
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865479579
ISBN-10 0865479577
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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A reissue of the book that first examined the future of reading and literature in the electronic age, now with a new introduction and Afterword

In our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture? Renowned critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer is an alarming yes. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life. What does it mean to "hear" a book on audiotape or decipher its words in electronic form on a laptop screen? Can the world created by Henry James exist in an era defined by the work of Bill Gates? Are books as we know them―volumes printed in ink on paper, with pages to be turned as the reading of each page is completed―dead?

At once a celebration of the complex pleasures of reading and a bold challenge to the information technologies of today and tomorrow, The Gutenberg Elegies is an essential volume for anyone who cares about the past and the future of books.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780571198498
 
from Faber & Faber (December 1, 1994)
9780571198498 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Considers the impact of computers and online information on the printed word
Paperback
Book cover for 9780449910092 Book cover for 9780865479579
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Faber & Faber (November 14, 2006)
9780865479579 | details & prices | 251 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A reissue of the book that first examined the future of reading and literature in the electronic age, now with a new introduction and AfterwordIn our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture?
from Fawcett Books (November 1, 1995)
9780449910092 | details & prices | 231 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $19.00
About: The author examines how literature intimately shapes our lives from childhood on, and what impact technology has played on the past and future of books and the experience of reading

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