Transferred Illusions

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Overview

This is study of the forms and institutions of print - newspapers, books, scholarly editions, publishing, libraries - as they relate to and are changed by emergent digital forms and institutions. In the early 1990s hypertext was briefly hailed as a liberating writing tool for non-linear creation. Fast forward no more than a decade, and we are reading old books from screens. It is, however, the newspaper, for around two hundred years print's most powerful mass vehicle, whose economy persuasively shapes its electronic remediation through huge digitization initiatives, dominated by a handful of centralizing service provides, funded and wrapped round by online adverstising. The error is to assume a culture of total replacement. The Internet is just another information space, sharing characteristics that have always defined such spaces - wonderfully effective and unstable, loaded with valuable resources and misinformation; that is, both good and bad. This is why it is important that writers, critics, publishers and librarians - in modern parlance, the knowledge providers - be critically engaged in shaping and regulating cyberspace, and not merely the passive instruments or unreflecting users of the digital tools in our hands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754670162
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xiii

1 After Print? 1

San Serriffe 1

Prophesying the Death of the Book 14

2 A Future and a Past for Newsprint 29

Newspaper Publishing in the Online World 30

Digitizing Historic Newspapers 48

3 The Cultural Work of Editing 59

Books, Texts and Work-sites 59

Information and Noise: Text Encoding 79

4 New Modes of Publishing 89

Journal Publishing 93

Book Publishing 100

5 The Universal Library 119

A Brief History of Libraries 120

Computerization in Libraries 126

Digitization and Scholarship 132

Digital Libraries and Mass Digitization 135

6 Durable Futures 155

Preservation 155

After Print 171

Bibliography 183

Index 195

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