Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Of ICT and the dearth of traditional reading habits


It is under siege from new diversions. Under attack from the technological revolution, the television, computer, video, CDs, DVDs, the Internet and podcasting, the traditional book is endangered.

Jonathan Roper, in his article The Book, the Publisher and the Internet says, "Since the 16th century the book has played a vital role in the transmission of knowledge and culture, and book publishers are extremely reluctant to give up their traditional role as conduits of information. Is the book an outmoded format, or a concept ready to be re-invented?"

Today, reading and the love of literature comes under constant, relentless barrage of competition; would-be readers of books have myriad forms of entertainment. >>MORE

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