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History of the Book: Future of the Book

This guide provides introductory resources to learn about the History of the Book.

Looking Forward

So far in this guide we've looked at physically printed books and how they have changed and persisted throughout history. Looking to the future now, we must consider how the book fits into the modern, digital world. Ebooks have been cited as a potential death knell to physical books since their inception, but as of now they exist together. How do we incorporate digital books into our understanding of book history? Many scholars have addressed this in different ways, and below you'll find a variety of sources considering ebooks, born-digital texts, and even concepts like word-processing and PDFs within the context of book history.

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