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The death of the book has been duly announced, and with it the end of brick-and-mortar libraries, traditional publishers, linear narrative, authorship, and disciplinarity, along with the emergence of a more equitable discursive order. These essays suggest that it won't be that simple. The digitization of discourse will not be effected without some wrenching social and cult ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 19th 1996 by University of California Press (first published November 19th 1996)
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Tiffany
Jun 17, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Never fear! The book is not going away! (Apparently)

This book is a collection of essays about the disappearance (or the possibility of the disappearance) of books, both in the physical sense, as well as the broader topic of literature itself. A lot of essays talk about hypertext, which also gets interesting, looking at how computers and hypertext could change the way we read and how "literature" is written (or "written").

There are some unintentionally funny moments, since this book is from 1996.
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Geoff Nunberg is a linguist and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information in Berkeley, California, USA. He is also a frequent contributor to the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air".
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