Has the age of the book passed us by? Has technology really taken over? Do the potential benefits of digital access outweigh the loss of browsing in bookstores and makingnotes in margins? Harvard University Library Director, and author of The Case for Books feels that the book is not dead. In fact, the world is producing more books than ever before, with one million new books soon to be produced each year. “But the future is digital. And I believe that if we can resolve the current challenges facing books in ways that favor ordinary citizens, we can create a digital republic of letters.”
Robert Darnton is the author and editor of over two dozen books, including The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future. Darnton was educated at Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, taught at Princeton, became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard and has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study. His outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA).
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