26 July 2011

Books and Other Fetish Objects

An opinion piece by this title appeared in the New York Times on 16 July 2011.

An excerpt states …
“Apparently historians know the feeling well — the exhilaration that comes from handling the venerable original. It’s a contact high. In this time of digitization, it is said to be endangered. The Morgan Notebook of Isaac Newton is online now (thanks to the Newton Project at the University of Sussex). You can surf it. 

The raw material of history appears to be heading for the cloud. What once was hard is now easy. What was slow is now fast. 

Is this a case of “be careful what you wish for”? “

Read the full thought provoking article.




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