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The future of the book in the digital age

With contributions from some of the worlds̕ leading authorities, this publication considers the future of the book in the digital age. As more books are published than ever before, this timely publication addresses a range of critically important themes relating to the book - including the present and future for publishing, libraries, literacy and learning in the information society. In the early 1990s the printed word appeared to be facing a terminal crisis, threatened from all sides by new media and other forms of entertainment. Subsequently the book has proved to be resilient in the face of these challenges, confounding the predictions of those who saw its replacement, whilst digital technology is providing mechanisms that enhance our ability to produce and distribute printed books. New developments, such as the growth of self-publishing and print on demand, and initiatives from major players such as Amazon and Google, mean that the printed book is in the middle of great changes
Print Book, English, 2006
Chandos, Oxford, 2006
Conference papers and proceedings
xx, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781843342410, 9781843342403, 1843342413, 1843342405
List of tables and figuresvii
About the authorsxv
1 Introduction
Bill Cope and Angus Phillips
2 If it isn't on the Internet, it doesn't exist
Mark Perlman
3 Plus ��a change ... print on demand reverts book publishing to its pre-industrial beginnings
Manfred H. Breede
4 Where is the value in publishing? The Internet and the publishing value chain
Angus Phillips
5 Venues for vanity: methods and means of self-published books
Christopher Kular
6 Towards understanding patterns of book consumption in Europe
Mihael Kovac and Mojca Kovac Sebart
7 The future of reading as a cultural behaviour in a multi-channel media environment
Hillel Nossek and Hanna Adoni
8 Bookselling culture and consumer behaviour
Audrey Laing and Jo Royle
9 Diversity, or is it all the same? Book consumption on the Internet in Sweden
Ann Steiner
10 New voices in the new millennium147
David H. Lynn
11 Reviving the oral tradition: the evolution of audiobooks151
Jennifer Cavender and Lisa Stuchell
12 Are you being served? Librarianship past, present and future161
Maureen Brunsdale and Jennifer Hootman
13 Access, convergence and print on demand: The library dimension177
John Feather
14 New text technologies, globalization and the future of the book191
Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis
15 A whiff of tobacco smoke on the page211
Mark Woodhouse