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Reading and Writing the Electronic Book by Catherine Marshall

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Publishers and technologists have been promising us electronic books of one sort or another for well over two decades. Indeed, many of them delivered products in the marketplace in what amounted to at least three distinct waves of technology and content. Each wave was heralded by hyperbolic claims about the disappearance of the print book, the death of text, and other ways in which literacy would be forever changed—claims that excited critics’ wrath and sometimes their derision in the wake of the products’ disappointing showings in the marketplace. Not only did the products fall short of readers’ expectations, but also the changes were slower to arrive than the more optimistic forecasts predicted and the products themselves ...

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