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The Future of the Book by Geoffrey Nunberg
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Jun 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: geekature, booksaboutbooks, consumerculture, essays
Read from June 07 to 15, 2011

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. There's a lot like "There's this new thing with computers, called the World Wide Web, or WWW, and you can create your own 'homepage' or access other people's websites from around the world!" and comments about whether computer monitors will ever be high enough quality to read off of them without feeling like you're staring at pixels.
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