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ERIC Number: EJ1032680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
The Discourse on Printed and Electronic Books: Analogies, Oppositions, and Perspectives
Velagic, Zoran
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v19 n2 Jun 2014
Introduction: The point of departure for this paper is the twofold analogy (analogy of content, analogy of medium) between printed and electronic books, the aim being to draw attention to the usual perception of their capacities and relationships, to provide a rather detailed analysis of the outcome and sustainability of such analogies and ultimately to indicate the drawbacks involved. Method: The contextual analysis of contents of the key themes is employed; in the articulation of the conclusions, analytic and synthetic approaches are used. Results: The definitions of the e-book are not consensual or sustainable, rather reflect the current developmental phase of the phenomenon. The emphasis is placed upon changes, and continuity is ignored, and it is not seen that the possibility of analogies derives from a long historical development. While the analogy of content is sustainable, for it implies the reproduction of the same discourses in different media, analogy of medium is not, for the interactive capacities permitted by the printed and the electronic medium are different. Conclusions: The e-book discourse has to be expanded by understandings drawn from cognate areas such as book history, publishing studies and in general by those from the extremely useful insights employed in the cultural-historical approach, for all the media functioning in any given period coexist and affect each other.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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