From Papyrus to Hypertext
Toward the Universal Digital Library
Topics in the Digital Humanities
Published by: University of Illinois Press
208 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 18.00 mm, 10 photos; 1 line drawing; 1 table
- ISBN: 9780252076251
- Published: March 2009
In this study, Christian Vandendorpe examines how digital media and the Internet have changed the process of reading and writing, significantly altering our approaches toward research and reading, our assumptions about audience and response, and our theories of memory, legibility, and context. Reflecting on the full history of the written word, Vandendorpe provides a clear overview of how materiality makes a difference in the creation and interpretation of texts. Looking to the future, reading and writing will continue to evolve based on the current, contested trends of universal digitization and accessibility.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011.
"In 40 pithy essays, the author considers technological innovations that have transformed writing, altering the activity of reading and the processing of texts, individually and collectively. . . . The book's fragmentary organization--the adroit syntheses can be read in any order--makes it exceptionally accessible ... for the born-digital generation. . . . Essential."--Choice
Precious nuggets of information in every chapter."--Communication Research Trends
"A valuable study of how reading quietly transforms culture."--Libraries & The Cultural Record