Electronic Books: Hypertext and Hyperfiction Implications For Publishing, Libraries, And The Public - Essay

Implications For Publishing, Libraries, And The Public

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Eldred Smith (essay date 1 February 1992)

SOURCE: "The Print Prison," in Library Journal, Vol. 117, No. 2, February 1, 1992, pp. 48-51.

[In the following essay, Smith remarks on the weaknesses of the print medium, particularly as it relates to scholarly publishing, and suggests ways in which the academic community could benefit from electronic information technology.]

It is no exaggeration that the invention of printing liberated the spread and advancement of knowledge. No field or discipline remained untouched, and most were transformed by printing's ability to disseminate and preserve information inexpensively and with an ease and reliability...

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