[Lesen Audiobooks] What We Talk About When We Talk About Bücher: The History and Future of LeseningAutor Leah Price – Vivefutbol.co

Reports Of The Death Of Reading Are Greatly ExaggeratedDo You Worry That You Ve Lost Patience For Anything Longer Than A Tweet If So, You Re Not Alone Digital Age Pundits Warn That As Our Appetite For Books Dwindles, So Too Do The Virtues In Which Printed, Bound Objects Once Trained Us The Willpower To Focus On A Sustained Argument, The Curiosity To Look Beyond The Day S News, The Willingness To Be Alone


8 thoughts on “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading

  1. says:

    This is an impassioned defense of reading that takes as it subject a very literal interpretation of it s title i.e., the actual physicality of a book, it s cover, it s pages, it s touch I found the approach interesting at times, but very easy to put down.


  2. says:

    I have rarely been so disappointed in a book which by its inviting title promised so much and delivered so little As an avid reader for over 70 years, and one who enjoys discussing books of discovered merit with like minded friends, I anticipated a discussion of the merits of the content of literature, not a recursive discussion fetishizing the wood pulp and thread or glue to quote the author of the physicality of books I gave up on Leah Price at page 110, where apparent printing errors lines transposed out of order finally led me to another book which I can enjoy reading without unweaving the rainbow as Keats put it by focusing on the mechanics and format of the printed matter I appreciate that Price s chosen field is narrow, but reading her book leads me to wonder if she, while visiting an art gallery, focuses on the material of the paintings frames, the medium oil, water color and the type and length of brushes use by the artist, yet remains uninterested in the emotional and intellectual impact of the image.


  3. says:

    This book arrived yesterday and though I only meant to peek, for now, I read cover to cover which makes me an exception to Price s account of how most readers read and how I usually do too It s funny, relatable, chock a block full of fun facts and unlike any other book I ve ever read, beautifully voice driven too All my pieties and vanities about being a book person were exposed as just that and somehow it was a totally amusing experience I d probably buy this one for the cover alone but it is absolutely worth reading


  4. says:

    This is the work of an intelligent, informed academic who is extending her scholarship to an audience outside the academy I commend that But Her intended topic is the current idealization of books that has grown out of fears about the digital era starting in the 1990s She sets out to correct this and other mistaken ideas about books by referring to evidence gathered from book historians like herself Historians usually write about the past, but Price wants to try out her sociological or journalistic chops, writing about the present She seems to want to prove that there really is nothing around books and or reading today that she can t find some analogy for in the past There is no claim about books that she can t find a way to refute or, at least, to complicate For those committed to navigating contemporary circumstances, however, historical analogies may feel like only one part of a bigger puzzle.Over the course of the book, in the absence of one big argument, the author makes many smaller, compressed arguments, in a ragged type of exposition that feels less than purposeful, a stitching together of observations and notes one surmises the author has been gathering since the 1990s, when many commentators were pitting electronic textuality against print Establishing that as the beginning of the digital era, and with the benefit of 20 years of hindsight, Price wants now to shape the terms of debate about books going forward What that debate is, however, remains unclear, as the air has clearly gone out of the print vs electronic tire.The title is very clever Like the characters discussing love in the Raymond Carver short story to which she alludes, Price faces the real dilemma of how to talk about books with herself playing all of characters Over the course of her book, she shows us how books are both and less than meets the eye They are both much varied and complex than people think but they are also much less virtuous and good for you than people also seem to think Because she herself is devoted to books they are, as an English professor, her life s work she is herself caught up in an inescapable ambivalence revere them or cut them down to size This ambivalence suits a contrarian like Price, but it also makes for a book that feels at times at odds with itself and rather unmoored As the book proceeds, Price s wide ranging observations lead us further and further from any central focus When we talk about books, are we really talking about reading When we talk about books, are we really talking about how they move about in the world When we talk about books, are we really talking about novels When we talk about books, are we really talking about print When we talk about books, are we really talking about people creating worlds out of words When we talk about books, what AREN T we talking about Mission creep seems hidden in the topic, and indeed Price herself can seem overwhelmed and even a bit lost.By the end of this rather tortuous book, the author has led us to some perhaps unintended conclusions that it may actually prove impossible to talk about books as a coherent topic and that those who do try might find themselves mired in data and examples with little hope of having something interesting to say about it all.


  5. says:

    Originally a 2012 essay in the New York Times Book Review, this book extends the author s lively book riff Although the chapters, particularly the last two are saltatory and maybe even tangential to the issues originally addressed, the author s extremely engaging wit and occasional mischief kept this reader fully absorbed The book clearly a misleading term implying singularity , it seems, is alive and well and was never fully bounded by the medium used to encase it The book has always been far than tree flakes encased in dead cow W.J Mitchell in City of Bits Space, Place and the Infobahn as Ms Price makes clear A reader of book history and of book and paper making, I found new information freshly meant in every sense of the word presented in this book Made me wish for a deeper bibliography.Few of the references in the bibliography are live links to the provided web addresses Some of them require passwords to access, which is irksome to this reader But this is quibbling.There are occasionally authors one reads and thinks, this would be an enjoyable person to converse with on this and probably other topics Such a one is Ms Price.


  6. says:

    Even on the third try, I couldn t finish this book Often the author treated the topic so literally that it was hard to take it seriously Is the physicality of a book it s cover, it s size, whether it is soft or hard bound really worth a whole book Maybe, maybe not but this book doesn t prove the case one way or another.


  7. says:

    I had a lot of trouble with this book, as it has nothing to do with what I talk about when I talk about books Some of the historical references were interesting, but in general I can t say I particularly enjoyed this book.


  8. says:

    Boring Book club