Print Is Dead: Books in our Digital Age

Paperback | June 9, 2009

byJeff Gomez

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For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change. 
 
Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album to the format scrap heap; and the digital revolution is now about to leave books on the high shelf of history. In Print Is Dead, Gomez explains how authors, producers, distributors, and readers must not only acknowledge these changes, but drive digital book creation, standards, storage, and delivery as the first truly transformational thing to happen in the world of words since the printing press.

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For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time s...

Jeff Gomez is senior director of online consumer sales and marketing for Penguin Group USA. He lectures on digital information trends at publishing industry events throughout America, and has written four novels. He lives in New York City. Visit his blog at www.PrintIsDeadblog.com to read and download an all-new introduction to the pa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.56 × 4.83 × 0.63 inPublished:June 9, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230614469

ISBN - 13:9780230614468

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"A must-read for people who care about reading."--Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? "Makes a telling argument that there is a generation coming through that has less patience with books… Interesting for the questions it raises.”-- Brian Clegg, Popular Science “A great and relevant new book. Jeff Gomez has a unique perspective… He does a good job of reviewing the brief history of the first ebook revolution. Makes a great case.”--Books 24 x 7.com“Gomez has produced a text in which readers can ponder the losses to literacy in the wireless age.”-- Tara Brabazon, Times Higher Education