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"I like Piper's freewheeling approach, his search for the feel of things--his consideration of the touch screen, for example, as, in his words, part of 'the culture of the "hand-held," the way computing has steadily been migrating from large rooms to our desks to our hands.' . . . The argument [about handwriting] is characteristic of Piper in its reasoned quality, its erudition, even in its reference to the experience of his children. It is also characteristic in its defence of older media without dismissing newer media and its manifold wonders."--Philip Marchand "National Post "

"[One of] the two most interesting angles I saw this year on the history of the book and the fate of reading."--John Wilson "Books and Culture "Favorite Books of 2012" "

I like Piper s freewheeling approach, his search for the feel of things his consideration of the touch screen, for example, as, in his words, part of the culture of the hand-held, the way computing has steadily been migrating from large rooms to our desks to our hands. . . . The argument [about handwriting] is characteristic of Piper in its reasoned quality, its erudition, even in its reference to the experience of his children. It is also characteristic in its defence of older media without dismissing newer media and its manifold wonders. --Philip Marchand "National Post ""

[One of] the two most interesting angles I saw this year on the history of the book and the fate of reading. --John Wilson "Books and Culture "Favorite Books of 2012" ""

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Andrew Piper teaches German and European literature at McGill University and is the author of Dreaming in Books, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to savor and admire 15 Feb. 2015
By P. Stern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Deeply literate, charmingly personal, this book entices as an aid and vehicle for speculating on the past, present, and future of the book. What I liked best was the confidence and optimism that Piper brings to his subject. This is no lamentation on the demise of the book. Rather, it is a sweeping Alain de Botton-style rumination on that which gives books life -- propelled by an astonishing range of learning. The most ambitious section is Chapter 5, in which he advances the fascinating notion that "Reading is a sign of what cannot be shared between two people." While I didn't always agree with Piper, the book is full of playful, unpretentious insights for which we should be grateful. Highly recommended!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious. 18 Feb. 2013
By Vegas Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While some of the ideas and facts, trivia, etc. were interesting, this book never managed to engage me or present any compelling reason why the author decided to write this. Tedious.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for those interested in the future of reading 2 May 2016
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Very interesting comparison/contrast of physical books vs. the digital ones. A good read for those interested in the future of reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly interesting 28 April 2016
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superbly interesting--erudite, spirited, and relevant to our concerns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, thoughtful book 29 Oct. 2012
By Stephanie Hastings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this is a beautiful book. it's balanced and thoughtful and never strident like so much of the writing about books and ebooks these days. it gave me a lot to think about. if you're a parent (like me), you'll find this book really helpful to think about making choices for your kids. I completely recommend it.
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