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Daniel Punday

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696994

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696994.001.0001

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E-Books, Libraries, and Feelies

E-Books, Libraries, and Feelies

(p.76) Four E-Books, Libraries, and Feelies
Computing as Writing

Daniel Punday

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 4 turns to another point of connection between writing and computing: the library. Although we often think of the library first as a collection of books, in fact it is common to refer to a library of shared code. The library’s liminal position between writing and computing comes especially to the fore with the recent interest in electronic book publication, especially using devices like the Kindle or iPad. In this chapter Punday suggests that we can describe two types of libraries: the accumulative, in which each of the items is an individual, and the modular, in which each item is meaningless outside of its library. Traditionally we think of book-based libraries as accumulative and computing libraries as modular, but the digital environment increasingly moves even the items of the accumulative library—like songs and pictures—toward the modular library, because doing so provides significant gains in efficiency and storage. The future of electronic books is uncertain, although the popularity of the Kindle certainly suggests a movement toward the modular library, as well.

Keywords:   Writing, Computing, Library, Kindle, iPad, Accumulative library, Modular library, Digital media

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