The e-reader is sweeping the book and library world like a storm, with some theorists arguing that the end of the publisher, the end of the library, and even the end of the book are near. Do e-readers bring an end to literacy as we now know it, or are there avenues of inquiry we can use to engage this change in a more positive light? To begin to answer this pressing question, this article presents an informal survey of a series of pertinent issues that have to be tackled before making such decisive predictions.
Joost Kircz, CREATE-IT Applied Research Centre, at the University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam
Joost Kircz is Project Manager of Electronic Publishing Research, at the CREATE-IT Applied Research Centre, at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, Gebouw Kroonjuweel, Duivendrechtsekade, 36-38, 1096 AH Amsterdam. Website: http://www.create-it.hva.nl
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