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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.”
This book is a collection of essays about books.
Indeed, many of the contradictions that can be found in this book are precisely because Darnton is not a librarian and has never worked in a library as a professional.
Do believe to someone like me who has read a lot about publishing and books (i've been doing that more than 18 years).
Darnton is a good source on the crucial opening of the whole question of digitized books. Unfortunately, he reiterates his position here through three essays opening the volume... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stuart K Patterson
That's a very, very good book: 1. wonderful argumentation, 2. a broad spectrum of sub-topics, 3. no triviality, 4. bright personal idiom of speaking about the subject. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Antoinette
Darnton's argument is definitely one of open access, "free to all" policies. This book gives insider knowledge on the set up and formation of Gutenberg-e, a project that Darnton... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Hannah Mundt
This book wasn't what I had in mind when I set out to research an eBook talking about eBooks. I found the information to be interesting, but essentially out of date. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by Stephanie
When I saw this book (at my local library, no less) I was immediately excited and eager to read it. As someone who loves books, but grew up in an age of ever increasing... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by K Davis
While there are several interesting factoids and anecdotes in this book, the overall format is quite poor, editorially speaking. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Andrew Bazilewich
This book is a collection of essays about books. Darnton is enthralled about the possibilities of Google Books, because it has the potential of providing a worldwide library... Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Dr. Marc Axelrod
The Case for the Book is a collection of essays on books, their history and their future. Some of the topics discussed are digital books (e-books), Google Book Search, improvements... Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by Christopher Obert
This is not a review of the substance of this book but rather is a quick comment on the actual book itself. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by N. J. Peters