History of the Book Lecture: Nicholas Carr

The Book as Gadget: The Rise of E-Readers and E-Reading
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
History of the Book Program
Saturday, April 14, 2012

1 pm

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction

After many years of unfulfilled hype, electronic books have now entered the mainstream, thanks in large part to the success of Amazon.com’s Kindle. Today, it seems likely that by the end of this decade, if not sooner, e-books will have become the dominant medium for literature, displacing the codex. Mr. Carr will examine the past, present, and future of the e-book and the e-book reader. He argues that the shift in technological form will not only change the way books are produced and sold but also the way they are read and even written.

A reception will follow the lecture.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Registration for this program is now full.

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