The Shallows (Paperback)

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

By Nicholas Carr

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393357820, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/6/2010)
Paperback (6/6/2011)
Hardcover (6/7/2010)
Compact Disc (6/7/2010)
Paperback, Vietnamese (11/8/2012)
Compact Disc (6/7/2010)
MP3 CD (6/7/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (8/1/2010)
Paperback, Chinese (7/4/2015)
Audio Cassette (6/1/2010)
Paperback (1/6/2012)
Paperback (2/1/2011)
Paperback, Chinese (12/1/2010)

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New York Times bestseller • Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

“This is a book to shake up the world.” —Ann Patchett

Nicholas Carr’s bestseller The Shallows has become a foundational book in one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? This 10th-anniversary edition includes a new afterword that brings the story up to date, with a deep examination of the cognitive and behavioral effects of smartphones and social media.

About the Author

Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Glass Cage, and Utopia is Creepy. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, and Wired. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife.

Praise For The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

A modern classic of internet criticism.

Silent Spring for the literary mind.



Absorbing [and] disturbing.




A book everyone should read.

Grade: A.