preservation and persistence of the changing book

neither either or

Dr. Stephan Füssel, chair of the Gutenberg-Institute of Book Studies and spokesperson for the Media Convergence Research Unit at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. “This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects,” explains Füssel. “There is no (reading) culture clash – whether it is analog or digital, reading remains the most important cultural technology.”

This is the same Dr. Füssel who introduced e-ink and “haptic” affordance at the 2001 SHARP session on the future of the book. The study is reported at Science Daily.

books in browsers

Internet Archive and O’Reilly Media will stream a two day conference (tomorrow) on ebook prospects. Abstracts present a useful overview of the transactions. “Ignite talks are special format where each speaker has just five minutes to share their personal and professional visions in 20 slides, auto-advancing every 15 seconds.” Also go through the live links of ebook innovators.

Brewster Kahle: Open Library
Rochelle Grayson : BookRiff
Henrik Berggren : Readmill
Eli James : Pandamian
Hugh McGuire : Pressbooks
Mogens Nielsen : Flatleaf
Miral Sattar : BiblioCrunch
Ricky Wong : Mobnotate
Justo Hidalgo : 24Symbols
Mikkel Ricky : Systime iBogen
Michael Morgan : Re-Vinyl

This conference presents the fourth estate; innovators of ebook publishing and the larger industry of book publishing. The other domains are research libraries, book art and craft disciplines and academic book studies. There is still insularity and self-reference of these perspectives concerning the future of the book, but it is interesting that each are now looking ahead with conference proceedings. Content processors, historical investigators, studio transformers and reader mediation diagnosticians; the enclaves of ebook entrepreneurs, book artists, book researchers and librarians are all participating in a time of new incunabula.

We have given consideration to enclaves of research libraries, academic book studies and book arts and crafts. These are each constituents in the future of the book. We have also given glancing notice to another constituent even more influential than the others. This is the enclave of ebook innovators and its surrounding industry of book publishing. Taken together these stake holders should have some sway over the destiny of the book but they are all clinicians of the most influential group of all; book readers.

And yet, put every interested group together and we can notice that the destiny of the book is beyond manipulation. This has been demonstrated with episodes such as transitions between scroll and codex, or the advent of printing, or the influence of technologies of word processing, or reflexive courses of reformation and counter-reformation. As with the Linotype, the past tells us more about the future.

futures of the book

“The Past, Present, and Future of the Book, Friday-Saturday, February 3-4, 2012, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. The explosion of new digital book technologies has paradoxically energized more traditional studies of the book. This conference, to be hosted by the Cornell College Department of English and Creative Writing in Spring 2012, aims to advance cross-curricular work and to foster on-going collaborations in scholarship and teaching by bringing together scholars, artists, and librarians from multiple disciplines who are interested in the past, present, and future of the book. Interdisciplinary break-out sessions will identify and develop pedagogical best practices and may lead to team-taught courses or publications in scholarly journals. Participants will leave with innovative plans for scholarly collaboration, new courses and assignments related to the book.”

FotB will participate with a review of future of the book conferences and seminars. It can be observed that a topic central to media mediation still requires face-to-face transactions.

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