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ERIC Number: EJ783442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
How Reading Is Being Reimagined
Kirschenbaum, Matthew
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n15 pB20 Dec 2007
Google, in cooperation with several dozen research libraries worldwide, is digitizing books at the rate of 3,000 a day. The noncommercial Open Content Alliance is scanning at a more modest pace but gaining ground, especially among institutions who chafe at some of the restrictions imposed by Google and its competitors. LibraryThing, an online book catalog that allows readers to list their books and find other readers with (sometimes uncannily) similar tastes, has almost 300,000 users who have collectively tagged some 20 million books. On Monday, the same day that the National Endowment for the Arts released "To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence," the follow-up to its controversial 2004 "Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America" report, launched Kindle, an e-book reader device that the "Newsweek" story describes as the "iPod of reading." In this article, the author's purpose is not to debunk the NEA's most recent report, which synthesizes a number of studies to conclude that Americans--especially younger ones--are reading less, that they are reading "less well," and that these trends have disturbing implications for culture, civics, and even the national economy. Rather, the author wants to account these data in a broader context. The author believes that high-profile projects like Google's and new devices like Kindle suggest what he calls the remaking of reading, meaning that reading is being both reimagined and re-engineered, made over creatively as well as technologically.
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Language: English
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