Who Needs Books? (Paperback)
Reading in the Digital Age
University of Alberta Press, 9781772121247, 64pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2016
"More people play games than read books. More people watch porn than read books. More people watch sports and TV and movies than read books."
What happens if we separate the idea of "the book" from the experience it has traditionally provided? Lynn Coady challenges booklovers addicted to the physical book to confront their darkest fears about the digital world and the future of reading. Is the all-pervasive Internet turning readers into web-surfing automatons and books themselves into museum pieces? The bogeyman of technological change has haunted humans ever since Plato warned about the dangers of the written word itself, and every generation is convinced its youth will bring about the end of civilization. In Who Needs Books?, Coady suggests that, even though digital advances have long been associated with the erosion of literacy, recent technologies have not debased our culture as much as they have simply changed the way we read.