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Title: The End of the Gutenberg Era
Author(s): Epstein, Jason
Subject(s): Digital libraries Books -- Digitization
Abstract: Digitization has brought the five hundred-year-old Gutenberg era to an end. Gutenberg’s press opened the gates to our modern rational, secular world. The cultural impact of today’s digital technologies, which will bring multilingual literacy to the far corners of the earth, foreshadows far greater changes. Gutenberg’s contemporaries could not begin to imagine the effect of movable type on the centuries to come, nor can we imagine the far greater changes that digitization will bring, but we can see even now that the book publishing industry is in for a radical transformation.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 57 (1) Summer 2008: 8-16
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2008 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-10-23

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