Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age

For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered Through wars, radio, TV, computer games and fluctuating literacy rates, the book has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.
Print Is Dead Books in Our Digital Age For over years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered Through wars radio TV computer games and fluctuating literacy rates the book has somewhat bizarrely remain

  • Title: Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age
  • Author: Jeff Gomez
  • ISBN: 9780230614468
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age”

    1. This book brings up important points about reading and books in our technology-driven world, including the increased lack of interest in reading as a pastime, especially for young people. I agree with some of the arguments, especially that we should embrace digital distribution of books to get kids interested in reading again--though I found myself doubting that any teenager who sees reading as a chore would suddenly be interested in books just because they can be read on the computer or their n [...]

    2. Gomez's book is an incredibly easy-to-read introductory text to the print-vs.-eBook debate. While informative, his talking points are battered at the reader with the force of a falling desktop computer, and he is unapologetically in the pro-eBook camp, to the point of appearing as a major apologist of the relative failure of the '90s eBook market. Especially annoying is his repeated claim that eBooks are considerably better than books, even though he fails to get around to the reasoning until th [...]

    3. 3.75 starsReading this book certainly made me feisty--Gomez writes some things that made me nearly scream in frustration. But his opinions also gave me new things to think about in the digital debate. While I'd already decided that book digitalization heralded some positive possibilities, and thus somewhat tepidly (but with some excitement too) accepted it, I hadn't really considered it as necessary to the culture of reading. Gomez points out that generations now growing up completely online wil [...]

    4. I anticipated being inevitably disappointed, but instead discovered a deeper understanding of myself and ergo why I love books. I am profoundly obsessed with not just writing stories, but sharing a perspective in its most raw form. I must say that for the life of me I never did feel like I could ever find le mot juste to cut it. Now I understand why. I don't write books. I write experiences. I want to be experienced. I continually seek means to utilize these new technologies and yet my form (the [...]

    5. I ceremonially made this the first purchase for the library's new 'Kindle' ebook reading devices, and it was the first full length title I finished on the device. Reading it on a kindle added a lot of fun irony around phrases like: "Finally, if you′re either chuckling or frowning as you read all this, thinking that print can′t be that dead if – here you are – reading words on paper you can hold in your hands." Many of the predictions Gomez makes in the book have already come true -- like [...]

    6. This nonfiction work details Gomez’s observations on the move from digital to print. Staunchly in favor of digital reading, Gomez writes to say that though book-reading might change and books, too, might change, we still need books more than ever: books aren’t dying, but print is dead. Gomez taught me to open my mind to the digital world of books, to consider how my work will be read in the future and how that affects my message.

    7. This was actually a book I had to review for a class but it's a fast read and really an interesting snapshot of the transition from print reading to screen reading. There were a few of his arguments that I found to be a bit overzealous and reactionary (as well as a couple of things that I Seriously hope are exaggerations) but otherwise it was a really interesting and worth while read, and I do recommend it.

    8. As loathe as I am to admit it, Jeff Gomez makes a very tight, supported argument, albeit a little repetitive. Anyone invested in the book industry - whether through emotion or livelihood - should read this book, even just to understand this argument and be conscious of the changes going on around us.

    9. What an insufferable book, lacking not only in insight, but also style. Promises revelation, but offers absolutely nothing new. If print is indeed dead, we see here a fine example of a good reason for its extinction.

    10. An Ebook manifesto.Though Gomez's argumentation is one-sided, he does a good job of pointing out critical evidence that suggests the end of printing as we know it.I would reccomend this to any Ebook sceptics.

    11. Boooooooring and didn't have a good argument for his point other than discrediting those who opposed him

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