E-readers and the death of the book: Or, new media and the myth of the disappearing medium

@article{Ballatore2016EreadersAT,
  title={E-readers and the death of the book: Or, new media and the myth of the disappearing medium},
  author={A. Ballatore and S. Natale},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={18},
  pages={2379 - 2394}
}
  • A. Ballatore, S. Natale
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • New Media & Society
  • The recent emergence of e-readers and electronic books (e-books) has brought the death of the book to the centre of current debates on new media. In this article, we analyse alternative narratives that surround the possibility of the disappearance of print books, dominated by fetishism, fears about the end of humanism and ideas of techno-fundamentalist progress. We argue that in order to comprehend such narratives, we need to inscribe them in the broader history of media. The emergence of new… CONTINUE READING
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