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“The Future of the Book in a Digital Age”

The university community is invited to join Arnold Hirshon, associate provost and university librarian, as he presents “The Future of the Book in a Digital Age” Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.

Hirshon will give a condensed—and perhaps idiosyncratic—overview of the history and future of the formats that have been used to transmit thought via the written word.

As background, he will discuss the emergence and significance of the bound book as a physical form. He then will discuss the nature and current state of the book publishing industry, discuss the role and importance of books to digital scholarship today, and posit some future directions regarding the future of the book as an object, as well as other formats and means for communicating ideas in written form in the next decade and beyond.

This presentation is available free-of-charge to the university and Cleveland communities.

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