Where do books fit in these days? With Google and ebooks as buzzwords, one might think that the days of the old-fashioned books are numbered. Historian Robert Darnton makes the argument that this might not be the case. Darnton covers ebooks, Google books, and e-resources in addition to a history of the book itself.
This book was not quite what I expected. I thought Darnton would create an exclusive argument, but, in fact, this work is a collection of essays, topics of which include Google’s ebook project, the future of the libraries, and the history of reading and its meaning. While the book was not what I was expecting, I enjoyed reading Darnton’s take on the print vs digital debate. In his own way, he does present his own comprehensive argument, but you have to read through the entire book to figure it out. However, Darnton writes a lively prose, and the information that he offers is so interesting that you won’t mind in the slightest. If you have any interest in the history and/or the future of the book, I recommend that you check this one out.