The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

Sven Birkerts


A reissue of the publication that first tested the way forward for analyzing and literature within the digital age, now with a brand new advent and Afterword

In our zeal to include the wonders of the digital age, are we sacrificing our literary tradition? popular critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer's an alarming definite. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impression of expertise at the adventure of examining. Drawing on his personal passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature in detail shapes and nourishes the interior existence. What does it suggest to "hear" a e-book on audiotape or decipher its phrases in digital shape on a computer display? Can the area created via Henry James exist in an period outlined by way of the paintings of invoice Gates? Are books as we all know them―volumes revealed in ink on paper, with pages to be became because the studying of every web page is completed―dead?

At as soon as a party of the advanced pleasures of examining and a daring problem to the data applied sciences of this present day and day after today, The Gutenberg Elegies is a vital quantity for an individual who cares concerning the earlier and the way forward for books.

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