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The Great Digitization and the Future of Knowledge
by Lucien Polastron

ISBN: 9781594772436
PUBLISHER: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 192
PUBLICATION DATE: 27.03.2009
DIMENSIONS: 230mmX153mmX12mm 350grams

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The digitization of books is an immense blessing for the exchange and diffusion of knowledge, enabling access in even the most remote locations. Yet this new technology has awakened perils as dangerous as those that reduced libraries to ashes in ancient Alexandria and modern Nazi Germany. The very force that makes it possible for books to reach a global audience also has the power to hold them hostage and even destroy their integrity in a manner that is unprecedented. Author Lucien Polastron points out that the dematerialization of knowledge raises new legal challenges about the quality and authenticity of information. Attempts to create a virtual library are changing the very nature of reading, which has been marked by the act of physically holding and moving forward through an author's work rather than viewing a series a series of sound bite length snippets. The transfer of the traditional paper book into a searchable entity on a computer represents a revolution even more dramatic than the one triggered by Gutenberg's printing press. This revolution is akin to the replacement of the scroll by the codex, which likewise changed the way humans could receive information and structure their thoughts. Yet despite its broad easy access, the profiteers of this new commercial domain may render the very idea of 'free' reading obsolete. Polastron poses questions others are ignoring in a h

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