Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gutenberg v. E-book in Book Evolution

      I was astonished — actually, no I wasn't — when I read Robert Pinsky's review of The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree (Yale University Press) and how identical the evolution of printed books was to the evolution of e-books.  See what you think; here is an excerpt from the review:

     "Apparently, it took decades before some people figured out how to make money from this remarkable invention. For decades after Gutenberg, it was not even clear that print would become a success. How do you market books? How many should you run off at one time? Piracy was a problem, as were texts changed, mutilated or combined in unauthorized editions. Many printers were ruined, trying to exploit the new medium."

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