The Resource The great digitization : and the quest to know everything, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham

The great digitization : and the quest to know everything, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham

Label
The great digitization : and the quest to know everything
Title
The great digitization
Title remainder
and the quest to know everything
Statement of responsibility
Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
From the Publisher: TECHNOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY. The digitization of books is an immense blessing for the exchange and diffusion of knowledge, enabling access in even the most remote locations. Yet this new technology has awakened perils as dangerous as those that reduced libraries to ashes in ancient Alexandria and modern Nazi Germany. The very force that makes it possible for books to reach a global audience also has the power to hold them hostage and destroy their integrity in a manner that is unprecedented. Books on Fire author Lucien Polastron points out that the dematerialization of knowledge raises new legal challenges about the quality and authenticity of information. Attempts to create a virtual library are changing the very nature of reading, which has been marked by the act of physically holding and moving forward through an author's work rather than viewing a series of sound bite length snippets. The transfer of the traditional paper book into a searchable entity on the computer represents a revolution even more dramatic than the one triggered by Gutenberg's printing press. This revolution is akin to the replacement of the scroll by the codex, which likewise changed the way humans could receive information and structure their thoughts. Yet despite its broad easy access, the profiteers of this new commercial domain may render the very idea of "free" reading obsolete. Polastron poses questions others are ignoring in a headlong rush to embrace what is still a very ambiguous future
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polastron, Lucien X
Dewey number
028.7
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1003
LC item number
.P7513 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books and reading
  • Books
  • Libraries
  • Communication in learning and scholarship
  • Bibliotheksbestand
  • Digitalisierung
  • Bibliothek
  • Informationsgesellschaft
Label
The great digitization : and the quest to know everything, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: finding information or funding a national library? -- Bnf versus BNF -- For Wells is not the plural of Orwell -- Geneva : world capital -- Quick, quick -- Volutes -- A digital coronary -- When the book is too highly concentrated, the purpose it serves is easily forgotten -- The pixel coming to paper's aid -- Is this already the post-Google era? -- But why the devil do we need libraries? -- Concordant and discordant clues -- The big picture -- First trials -- Burning stakes -- Advent Eve -- Muta solitudo -- An all-horizons inventory -- The future at the portal -- Tomorrow's readers -- Last books! Last books! Closing time! -- Paper leaves by the door and comes back through the window -- Library, arise! -- Striped uniforms -- Shrouds -- Purse strings and police cordons -- Smocks -- Against the grain
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1040016425
Label
The great digitization : and the quest to know everything, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: finding information or funding a national library? -- Bnf versus BNF -- For Wells is not the plural of Orwell -- Geneva : world capital -- Quick, quick -- Volutes -- A digital coronary -- When the book is too highly concentrated, the purpose it serves is easily forgotten -- The pixel coming to paper's aid -- Is this already the post-Google era? -- But why the devil do we need libraries? -- Concordant and discordant clues -- The big picture -- First trials -- Burning stakes -- Advent Eve -- Muta solitudo -- An all-horizons inventory -- The future at the portal -- Tomorrow's readers -- Last books! Last books! Closing time! -- Paper leaves by the door and comes back through the window -- Library, arise! -- Striped uniforms -- Shrouds -- Purse strings and police cordons -- Smocks -- Against the grain
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 182 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1040016425

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