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The Case for Books by Robert Darnton
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A Case for Books is a collection of previously published essays from the past decade or so. Darnton, a book historian, is an unapologetic print book lover, but he's not closed off to the idea of ebooks. His real concerns lie more with issues of access (the privatization of knowledge, especially via Google Book Search) and durability (i.e. will digital media last? is paper a better way of storing knowledge for the longterm?). Weakness: some of the essays on ebooks are pretty dated. Highlight: the chapter on commonplacing, which is applicable to how people read and write about reading today.
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