Thursday, January 17, 2013
Robert Darton from The Case for Books [Public Affairs, 2010]) on the virtues of the book. The book is
great for packing information, convenient to thumb through, comfortable to curl up with, superb for storage, and remarkably resistant to damage. It does not need to be upgraded or downloaded, accessed or booted, plugged into circuits or extracted from webs. Its design makes it a delight to the eye. Its shape makes it a pleasure to hold in the hand (133; see also Douglas Groothuis, “The Book, The Screen and the Soul,” in The Soul in Cyberspace [Baker, 1997]).