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In talk about the future of the book, the analogue book appears to be confronted with digitalised books, digital publications and digital reading devices in seemingly irreconcilable ways. The reason for this may lie in the implicit assumption that the digital will sooner or later replace the analogue. In view of the past, the effectiveness of analogue books and their contributions to the intellectual development of humans and their knowledge are undisputed; but the practical advantages of the digital, especially in terms of its accessibility, currently enjoy such primacy that there seems to be something irksome about the analogue and its materiality. This perspective neglects the possibility that the future of the book may connect the analogue and material, on the one hand, and the digital and immaterial, on the other, in original ways. In keeping with this idea, the following examples are less about a confrontation between the one and the other, and more about a combination of the one with the other.

In: Refresh the Book
In: Refresh the Book
In: Refresh the Book
On the Hybrid Nature of the Book in the Age of Electronic Publishing
Refresh the Book contains reflections on the multimodal nature of the book, focusing on its changing perception, functions, forms, and potential in the digital age. Offering an overview of key concepts and approaches, such as liberature, technotexts, and bookishness, this volume of essays addresses the specificity of the printed book as a complex cultural phenomenon. It discusses diverse forms of representation and expression, both in literary and non-literary texts, as well as in artist’s books. Of special interest are these aspects of the book which resist remediation into the digital form. Finally, the volume contains an extensive section devoted to artistic practice as research, discussing the book as the synthesis of the arts, and site for performative aesthetic activity.

Christin Barbarino, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Christoph Bläsi, Sarah Bodman, Zenon Fajfer, Annette Gilbert, Susanne Gramatzki, Mareike Herbstreit, Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Thomas Hvid Kromann, Monika Jäger, Eva Linhart, Bettina Lockemann, Patrizia Meinert, Bernhard Metz, Sebastian Schmideler, Monika Schmitz-Emans, Christoph Benjamin Schulz, usus (Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz), Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Sakine Weikert, Gabriele Wix