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    DescriptionThe era of the printed book is at a crossroad. E-readers are flooding the market, books are available to read on cell phones, and companies such as Google, Amazon, and Apple are competing to command near monopolistic positions as sellers and dispensers of digital information. Already, more books have been scanned and digitized than were housed in the great library in Alexandria. Is the printed book resilient enough to survive the digital revolution, or will it become obsolete? In this lasting collection of essays, Robert Darnton--an intellectual pioneer in the field of this history of the book--lends unique authority to the life, role, and legacy of the book in society.

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    The Case for Books
    Past, Present, and Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Darnton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9781586489021
    ISBN 10: 158648902X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    LC classification: Z116.A2 D37 2010
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    The Perseus Books Group
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    Publication date
    09 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    A former professor of European history at Princeton University, Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library. The founder of the Guttenberg-e program, he is the author of many books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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    Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2010 "A useful text with which to muse on this subject is Robert Darnton's The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (PublicAffairs, 2009). In it, the onetime newspaper reporter, distinguished scholar of the Enlightenment and the history of the book, and director of Harvard's libraries, swings between explanations and concerns about Google Book Search, and how the situation with books today looks in the perspective of history. Many of his observations give pause."