Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age

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Macmillan, Jun 9, 2009 - Computers - 224 pages
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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 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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User Review  - lighten51 - LibraryThing

I am prejudiced to reading anything when it comes to print going out of print, but an open mind I try to keep as it comes to technology and our precarious future. I found this book to be well put ... Read full review

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User Review  - francophoney - LibraryThing

Jeff Gomez takes on a rather academic subject in a manner that is refreshing, avoiding the serious stuffy tones that often goes along with such publications. A quick read, as I was able to work ... Read full review

Contents

introduction
stop the presses
1byte flight
2us and them
3newspapers are no longer news
totally wired
4generation download
5generation upload
7ebooks and the revolution that didnt happen
8writers in a digital future
9readers in a digital future
10will books disappear?
afterword
notes
acknowledgements
Index

6on demand everything
saying goodbye to the book

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About the author (2009)

Originally from Southern California, Jeff Gomez lived in Manhattan for over a decade and recently moved to Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of four novels, including the cult favorite Our Noise, which was published by Scribner Paperback fiction in America and Penguin in the UK. He is currently the Director of Internet Marketing for Holtzbrinck Publishers, owners of Farrar, Straus& Giroux, St. Martin's Press, Henry Holt, Picador, Tor and a number of other leading book and magazine brands. Jeff has been involved in electronic books and the world of digital reading since the industry's beginning in 1999, and he has also been a featured speaker and panelist at publishing industry events throughout North America. You can visit his blog at www.printisdeadblog.com.