Book doomsday: The march of progress and the fate of the book

John Potts*

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In this chapter, Potts considers the future of the printed book. The claims that the printed book will soon become obsolete, replaced by e-books and online publishing, proceed from a belief in technological progress. According to this doctrine, the old media form must inevitably be usurped by its more advanced, more convenient, more modern technological successor. Potts traces the march of progress in the publishing context, evaluating the prospects for the e-bool as well as the printed book.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Writing
EditorsJohn Potts
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781137440402
ISBN (Print)9781137440396
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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