Who Needs Books?: Reading in the Digital Age (CLC Kreisel Lecture Series)

Who Needs Books Reading in the Digital Age CLC Kreisel Lecture Series We look around and feel as if book culture as we know it is crumbling to dust but there s one important thing to keep in mind as we know it What happens if we separate the idea of the book from the e

  • Title: Who Needs Books?: Reading in the Digital Age (CLC Kreisel Lecture Series)
  • Author: Lynn Coady Paul Kennedy
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • We look around and feel as if book culture as we know it is crumbling to dust, but there s one important thing to keep in mind as we know it What happens if we separate the idea of the book from the experience it has traditionally provided Lynn Coady challenges booklovers addicted to the physical book to confront their darkest fears about the digital world and the fu We look around and feel as if book culture as we know it is crumbling to dust, but there s one important thing to keep in mind as we know it What happens if we separate the idea of the book from the experience it has traditionally provided Lynn Coady challenges booklovers addicted to the physical book to confront their darkest fears about the digital world and the future of reading Is the all pervasive internet turning readers into web surfing automatons and books themselves into museum pieces The bogeyman of technological change has haunted humans ever since Plato warned about the dangers of the written word, and every generation is convinced its youth will bring about the end of civilization In Who Needs Books , Coady suggests that, even though digital advances have long been associated with the erosion of literacy, recent technologies have not debased our culture as much as they have simply changed the way we read.

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    1. A fantastic essay that reassures the reader that the printed book is not being replaced by technology. Peppered with quotes from past eras that sound like the current fears, Coady demonstrates how there has always been some from of "technology" that society fears will replace books/societal norms. (My favourite was a quote that was about the degradation of society and our brains due to chess!) She does point out what many fear is really a shift in social priorities or norms, but that is a form o [...]

    2. In this 44 page essay Lynn Coady convincingly argues that books will not disappear anytime soon.It is an informed and interesting read." Books give us communion with the writer's mind.Immersion in imaginary worlds. Absorption in language. A book gives us sensual pleasures such as the smell and the texture of the pages between our fingers"

    3. Insightful essay that argues that books are technology and reading itself with not lose its place in the digital age.

    4. Books are disappearing in paper, yes, this is an essay with lots of blank spaces.I don't get it$11.00 in paper and $8 in ebook format.Seriously. Baffled. why was this put out on paper?

    5. Enjoyed this reassuring and well-written piece on the future of books and reading in our technology-driven society. Coady uses humour & historical bits which adds a lot to her subject.

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