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Shelf life: The future of the book - Audio

By UCL English and UCL Information Studies

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For almost 600 years, the printed book has provided mankind with education, information and entertainment yet today the supremacy of Gutenberg’s technology seems under threat. Has the humble book reached the end of its shelf life or is this merely a transitional phase whereby books like music and photography before them become part of the digital age. In this podcast Professor Henry Woudhuysen, Dean of UCL Arts and Humanities and Co-editor of the ‘The Oxford Companion to the Book’ talks about this new publication that covers the concept of the book from ancient to modern times and what it tells us about the book as an object of desire and prestige. Professor Woudhuysen is joined by Professor Iain Stevenson, UCL Publishing Centre's Director of Teaching, to talk about his new publication 'Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century' and the future of the book in light of wider debates around Kindle, digitisation and e-books. The entire podcast is 24 minutes in length but you can listen to individual tracks below: * Entire podcast * Introduction * The Oxford Companion to the Book * The book as an object of desire and prestige * Professor Iain Stevenson on book makers and British publishing * Words within the digital space * Digitisation and our perception of the author * The role of the book in our lives * Return to the author and conclusion