Future of the Book

ISBN-10: 0520204514

ISBN-13: 9780520204515

Edition: N/A

Authors: Geoffrey Nunberg, Umberto Eco

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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 cultural dislocations. The contributors to this volume are enthusiastic about the possibilities created by digital technologies, instruments that many of them have played a role in developing and deploying. But they also see the new media raising serious critical issues that force us to reexamine basic notions about rhetoric, reading, and the nature of discourse itself.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

He is a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center & a consulting professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. He is also chair of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary of the english Language. He lives in San Francisco.

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

Introduction
The Book in Time
The Pragmatics of the New Paul Duguid, Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book Geoffrey Nunberg
Farewell to the Information Age
Dematerialization and Desacralization: The Book as a Symbolic Object
Towards Meta-reading Luca Toschi, Hypertext and the Author: New Texts, Old Roots
Twenty Minutes into the Future, or How Are We Moving beyond the Book?
The Body of the Text Jay David Bolter, Ekphrasis, Virtual Reality, and the Future of Writing
Replacing the Author: "A Book in the Ruins"
Afterword
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