The Academic Book of the Future


The cover of this book does not do it justice.  I enjoyed reading it and found it to be interesting as well as educational.

Here are a few quotes that highlight the main points:

  • Books matter.  They contain knowledge, and knowledge, as the saying goes is power.
  • Books are matter: they are containers, crucibles, confrontations.  They can teach, guide, inspire, soothe, and agitate.
  • Google is becoming the most-used research channel.  In such context, national libraries will be pivotal for their preservation role, with researchers access being provided through other channels.
  • The meaning of the word ‘book’ itself will change forever and will never again be confined to that of a physical object to be held, admired, loved, subject to spilt coffee or burning by dictators.  The ‘book’ will be defined more around its function than any of its characteristics.
  • Academic books can deeply affect the ways that human beings perceive the world and interact with one another, playing an important role in cultural change.

2 thoughts on “The Academic Book of the Future

  1. I can’t help but wonder when the world of the past will truly collide with the future.
    My granddaughter was surprised and impressed that I could read and write in cursive. A writing style that harkens to a past when the quill must be lifted from the paper minimally. Outdated since the invention of the pencil.
    Tens of thousands of teachers and college professors could be recorded for one year, and all their teachings stored and readily retrievable. The next year they could all be unemployed and we could close the colleges. What is NOT contained within the internet?
    I built a library in my house, and stocked it with everything a library needs .Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses. Fiction, non-fiction. Adult and childrens’ books. Poetry, nature, geography, world history, self-help, do-it-yourself.
    Except for the romance of holding a book (instead of a Kindle), I wonder what value this entire library has. There is nothing here you can’t find faster (and consuming less space) on the internet.
    Like the Captain going down with his ship, I cleave to these volumes. They represent something more than backlit internet information. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but if books become entirely outdated, please bury my copy of Audubon’s Birds with me.

    Seek peace,


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    • I admit to enjoying the ebook version, because it takes less space. I have thousands of books and I can assess them anywhere with my phone.

      As a side note, I also love Audubon’s Birds. He was a fantastic artist.

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