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From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century
edited by Anouk Lang
contributions by David Wright, J. D. Pinder, Danielle Fuller, Janice Radway, Jin Feng, Edward Finn and DeNel Rehberg Sedo
University of Massachusetts Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-1-55849-952-2 | eISBN: 978-1-61376-200-4 | Paper: 978-1-55849-953-9
Library of Congress Classification Z1003.F84 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 028.9

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The start of the twenty-first century has brought with it a rich variety of ways in which readers can connect with one another, access texts, and make sense of what they are reading. At the same time, new technologies have also opened up exciting possibilities for scholars of reading and reception in offering them unprecedented amounts of data on reading practices, book buying patterns, and book collecting habits.

In From Codex to Hypertext, scholars from multiple disciplines engage with both of these strands. This volume includes essays that consider how changes such as the mounting ubiquity of digital technology and the globalization of structures of publication and book distribution are shaping the way readers participate in the encoding and decoding of textual meaning. Contributors also examine how and why reading communities cohere in a range of contexts, including prisons, book clubs, networks of zinesters, state-funded programs designed to promote active citizenship, and online spaces devoted to sharing one's tastes in books.

As concerns circulate in the media about the ways that reading—for so long anchored in print culture and the codex—is at risk of being irrevocably altered by technological shifts, this book insists on the importance of tracing the historical continuities that emerge between these reading practices and those of previous eras.

In addition to the volume editor, contributors include Daniel Allington, Bethan Benwell, Jin Feng, Ed Finn, Danielle Fuller, David S. Miall, Julian Pinder, Janice Radway, Julie Rak, DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Megan Sweeney, Joan Bessman Taylor, Molly Abel Travis, and David Wright.
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