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13:15 - 13:55 11 March 2010
LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Do books have a future?
Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place |
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures can also be watched online or downloaded from UCL's iTunesU from 7 days after the event.
Professor Iain Stevenson, UCL Centre for Publishing
For almost 600 years, the printed book has provided humankind with education, entertainment, information, and occasionally guiltier pleasures. The supreme achievements of culture, as well as society's day-to-day needs, have depended on print on paper as their essential medium. Today, however, the supremacy of Gutenberg's technology seems under threat from a range of electronic devices and alternative media. The lecture looks at whether books can survive or whether they have reached the end of their shelf life.
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