The Codex is Dead; Long Live the Codex

ACR­Log had a post last week about human­ists want­ing print books rather than ebooks. Here’s a key passage:

Ebooks seem like sweet low-hanging fruit – they have enhanced search­a­bil­ity, acces­si­bil­ity at any time or place, and reduced stor­age and preser­va­tion costs. What’s not to love? Ebooks seem to make our stu­dents very happy. Often they don’t want to read a book cover to cover (although their pro­fes­sors might wish they would), and search­ing for rel­e­vant pas­sages seems to sat­isfy their needs for many assign­ments. And jour­nal lit­er­a­ture seems exempt from the pref­er­ence for print – I haven’t heard many com­plaints about deac­ces­sion­ing back runs of print jour­nals rep­re­sented in JSTOR’s col­lec­tions, for instance.

Tags: