Ink into Bits: A Web of Converging Media / Edition 3

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Overview

Ink into Bits is concerned with the impact and advantages of new technologies on human experiences from publishing, to education, to everyday recreational reading. Included is a bibliography, a list of recommended reading, and an appendix of statistical charts which show how various factors relating to electronic publishing have changed over the years. Ink into Bits is intended for students in courses on communication or technology in society, for students of library and information science, for librarians, for writers, and for book people of all kinds. It discusses the practical realities of new computer and communication technologies in non-technical terms, and avoids the hype that surrounds "futurology" and "technology prophecy." A readable introduction to the future of the word: where it will ever remain, and new areas where it will likely appear.
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Editorial Reviews

The Journal Of Academic Librarianship
...Meadow is a good storyteller and he enlivens his discussion by including poignant anecdotes...This book will be a useful introduction to a layman...
Jasis
...very thought provoking. The writing was engaging and quite fluid. This book should easily find a place in most libraries, be they academic, secondary, public, or special in setting. It is must reading for anyone concerned about social informatics, the future of communication and media, and issues surrounding new technology.
Choice
...an anecdotal romp through most aspects of computer-mediated communication.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
...an esoteric but still eminently readable piece of work of good value for graduate level work in media studies, policy and regulation of online technologies, and American Studies...addresses the synergistic nature of media forms and human thought processes in a...accessible style.
The Journal of Academic Librarianship
...Meadow is a good storyteller and he enlivens his discussion by including poignant anecdotes...This book will be a useful introduction to a layman...
College & Research Libraries
...Meadow makes us constantly question our own assumptions...while very wisely refusing to make definitive futuristic statements.
Lisca
This work is highly recommended!!!
Papers Of The Bibliographical
...Meadow is a very good storyteller when its comes to this novel. His discussion is poignant anecdotes.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
...Meadow makes us constantly question our own assumptions...while very wisely refusing to make definitive futuristic statements.
CHOICE
...an anecdotal romp through most aspects of computer-mediated communication.
Choice
...an anecdotal romp through most aspects of computer-mediated communication..
JASIS
...very thought provoking.The writing was engaging and quite fluid. This book should easily find a place in most libraries, be they academic, secondary, public, or special in setting. It is must reading for anyone concerned about social informatics, the future of communication and media, and issues surrounding new technology..
Booknews
Presents views of the media and communication issues that are emerging out of the shift from print towards electronics in publishing. Some of the topics are the special place of books in our culture, representing and presenting information, linear text and hypertext, the information highway, distribution, markets, protecting the consumer, and the future. Also included is an appendix of statistical charts showing how electronic publishing has changed over the years. The author has been involved with database management and information retrieval systems since their early days, as well as the human use of computers, electronic publishing, and communications. Paper edition (3508-8), $24.50. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835085
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles T. Meadow is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto. He is the author of Making Connections: Communications Through the Ages (2002) and Messages, Meaning and Symbols: The Communication of Information (2006), both published by Scarecrow.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1 Changing Media in a Changing World 1
2 Media and Information 15
3 Some Media History 26
4 The Special Place of Books and Writing in Our Culture 41
5 Representing and Presenting Information 56
6 Linear Text and Hypertext 69
7 Interacting with Information Machines 86
8 Multimedia 100
9 Modern Telecommunications: The Information Highway 109
10 Distribution 129
11 Comprehension 142
12 Adoption of New Technology 153
13 Markets 166
14 Protecting the Consumer 182
15 Thinking about Change 197
16 Thinking about the Future 211
17 Conclusions 229
Appendix 239
Notes 259
Bibliography 268
Recommended Reading 279
Index 283
About the Author 293
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