Transforming Books: Paper, Metamedia and Digitisation - Book Review of White Magic: The Age of Paper*, Lothar Müller and Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization

Lockett, A. 2016. Transforming Books: Paper, Metamedia and Digitisation - Book Review of White Magic: The Age of Paper*, Lothar Müller and Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 11 (1), pp. 21-25. doi:10.16997/wpcc.223

TitleTransforming Books: Paper, Metamedia and Digitisation - Book Review of White Magic: The Age of Paper*, Lothar Müller and Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization
TypeBook review
AuthorsLockett, A.
Abstract

This review asks what a history of paper and a study of metamedia tell us about the paper v. digital debate reported in the media taking place within the trade book publishing industry just as figures reported in 2016 show that eBook sales are slowing and print is showing a very tiny recovery. Müller’s book shows how paper was the ‘old’ digital, transformative, mythical even, whereas the rise of metamedial literature in Starre’s book reflected a rise in interest in the material aspects of book objects (and control of) by authors as the vanilla incarnation of digital – the eBook – disappointed. As the mixed ecology of print and digital looks set to continue as both books argue, this review asks whether industry concentration and consolidation is becoming the lead story not ever increasing levels of digital activity.

KeywordsKeywords: Paper, history of the book, publishing, digital publishing, eBook
JournalWestminster Papers in Communication and Culture
Journal citation11 (1), pp. 21-25
ISSN1744-6716
Year2016
PublisherUniversity of Westminster Press
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.16997/wpcc.223
Publication dates
Published15 Nov 2016
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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