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For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.

Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album...

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Overview

For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.

Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album to the format scrap heap, and the digital revolution is now about to leave books on the high shelf of history. In Print Is Dead, Gomez explains how authors, producers, distributors, and readers must not only acknowledge these changes, but drive digital book creation, standards, storage, and delivery as the first truly transformational thing to happen in the world of words since the printing press.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A must-read for people who care about reading." —Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?

 

"I'd say the smart money is on Gomez being right that an ebook revolution is just around the corner." —The Independent

 

"This book is a wake-up call for anyone in the print media who has not yet grasped or embraced the realities of the digital world created by the Internet...He's done a good job.  Print is Dead is a succinct and useful field guide to digital media."  —Anthony Cheetham, Literary Review

 

 

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"A must-read for people who care about reading."—Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?

"Makes a telling argument that there is a generation coming through that has less patience with books… Interesting for the questions it raises.”— Brian Clegg, Popular Science

“A great and relevant new book. Jeff Gomez has a unique perspective… He does a good job of reviewing the brief history of the first ebook revolution. Makes a great case.”—Books 24 x 7.com

“Gomez has produced a text in which readers can ponder the losses to literacy in the wireless age.”— Tara Brabazon, Times Higher Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230527164
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Series: MacSci Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Gomez lectures on digital information trends at publishing industry events throughout America, and teaches at New York University. Jeff has written four novels, including Our Noise.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: STOP THE PRESSES

Byte Flight

Us and Them

Newspapers Are No Longer News

PART II: THE DIGITAL TIPPING POINT

Generation Download

Generation Upload

On Demand Everything

eBooks and the Revolution that Didn't Happen

PART III: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE BOOK

Writers in a Digital Future

Readers in a Digital Future

Will Books Disappear?

Afterword

Acknowledgements

Notes

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    Oopps. Book badly needs an update. It may have been published in

    Oopps. Book badly needs an update. It may have been published in 2009, but in Ch.7, ebooks and the revolution that didn't happen, author is so far off base that I remain skeptical about the rest of the book. He seems to have been published just before e-books took off. The chapter references the late 1990s and early 2000s, with claims that there are few books available for e-readers, fewer folks who use them, and little interest in using e-readers.. As Kindle and Nook readers know, this is just not true. He does seem to have an understanding of many facets of books in a digital age, but needs an updates chapter on e-reading.

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