The Future of the Book in the Digital Age

Overview

With contributions from some of the world's 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...

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Overview

With contributions from some of the world's 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.

  • Chapters by leading experts in the field of publishing studies and information science
  • A broad range of perspectives on key issues such as print on demand and digital publishing
  • Contributions from around the world
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Editorial Reviews

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…a very interesting collection of essays., Program
…a facinating book, both stimulating and challenging for librarians as we anticipate our rapidly changing role in the face of revolutionary changes in the way information is delivered., Scottish Health Information Network
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843342403
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Bill Cope is Research Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Director of Common Ground Publishing. He is the co-author or editor of a number of books, including, with Angus Phillips, The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, also published by Chandos, in 2006.

Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Head of the Publishing Department at Oxford Brookes University. He worked for a number of years as a non-fiction editor at Oxford University Press and now acts as a consultant to publishing companies in the UK and internationally.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
If it isn’t on the Internet, it doesn’t exist
Plus ça change … print on demand reverts book publishing to its pre-industrial beginnings
Where is the value in publishing? The Internet and the publishing value chain
Venues for vanity: Methods and means of self-published books
Towards understanding patterns of book consumption in Europe
The future of reading as a cultural behaviour in a multi-channel media environment
Bookselling culture and consumer behaviour
Diversity, or is it all the same? Book consumption on the Internet in Sweden
New voices in the new millennium
Reviving the oral tradition: The evolution of audiobooks
Access, convergence and print on demand: The library dimension
New text technologies, globalization and the future of the book
A whiff of tobacco smoke on the page
 

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