Posts Tagged: print vs digital
Somewhere amid the fray of criticism, support, and speculation over e-books, linguistics professor Naomi Baron thought to ask readers whether they even liked them:
…you have to ask: What do you want to measure? Do you want to measure comprehension? That’s a fairly plain, middle-school way of talking about what it means to read.
There’s long been debate over e-books vs. paper books. Now, the Financial Times reports on new research that shows that digital devices encourage deep reading while printed books are better for an active learning. But, in the end, “there doesn’t seem to be any convincing evidence that reading on screen or paper is better per se.”...more
Books are not dying. However, how we publish them—as well as how we consume them—is transforming drastically.
By far the biggest boom in new titles, has come from self-published authors. More than 391,000 books were self-published in the United States in 2012, an increase of 422 percent since 2007.
The university press system has faced a rapid decline. Research libraries, looking to cut costs to pay for expensive electronic journal subscriptions, buy fewer monographs. Subsidies from parent institutions are down. Meanwhile, the researchers who publish with and rely on content from university presses demand access to digital content....more
They’re launching HybridBooks, a program that dabbles in e-book trendiness as a compliment to printed publications. Readers have access to supplemental electronic material (called “illuminations”) when they scan the barcode on their books....more