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Bring the Books and Above All the Parchments

26 Apr

So wrote Paul to Timothy in his second letter. The text was brought to mind during a listen to an interview Dr. Albert Mohler had with Robert Darnton. Among his many positions and roles, Darnton is the director or the Harvard University Library. Which means his daily duties surround many books. The primary reason for the interview was to discuss Darton’s book “The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future” (New York: NY Public Affairs. 2009). 

With the the future of the “codex” (from “The Gutenberg Bible” to “Tuesday”s With Morrie”) seemingly defunct due to digital media, the two men discuss Darnton’s book and the future of the traditional book. I really recommend this podcast to anyone who has a love for books and the future of books.

The Fate of the Book in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Robert Darnton

Soli Deo Gloria!

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2 responses to “Bring the Books and Above All the Parchments

  1. Amy Deardon

    April 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Hi Barry, I love love love my Kindle. Since childhood I’ve been a voracious reader, and wasn’t sure in May 2010 when I bought my first Kindle if I’d like reading on it as much as reading a print book. Now, I’d much rather have the e-book version than the hard copy. I always have the book with me now (or easily accessed from my archives through 3G in under a minute), and there’s less clutter around the house. Reading on the Kindle is great — it’s thinner than most books and easily fits in my small purse, with the cover it opens like a book, you can change text size, bookmark pages, send quotes to friends, there’s a cover light for bedtime reading, and the darn thing will even read to you. Some things, like flipping through pages or diagrams, or passing on the book to someone else, are tougher but the technology is coming. It’s also disconcerting that all of my book choices are recorded to draw a cyber-portrait — when I go on amazon they always give me a list of other books I might enjoy. Their choices are often good, but still… The biggest asset that can be a drawback, in a way, is such easy access to so many books. I don’t long to buy clothes or shoes or draperies, but ability to get *any* book almost instantly for me is dangerous 🙂 $$$

     
  2. barrydean

    April 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Hi Amy, I totally agree. Since we got a Kindle I have been all about finding good cheap books to read. I have downloaded a few of the classics like “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, J.C. Ryle’s “Practical Religion”, Calvin’s “Institutes” , along with several of the good contemporary books like “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” by Tullian Tchividjian, “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, “Evangellyfish” by Douglas Wilson. I am finding my biggest con for having the Kindle is that I need to reign in the number of books I am reading at once. Dangerous? Yepper!!

     

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