The Digital Book: A Medial Revolution without a New Medium (10 Oct 2003)
Neither the terms "book" nor "book science research" need to be limited to the material object and its context. The qualitative and quantitative differences between printed and electronic books are distinctive: electronically supported production, electronic storage and possible distribution of contents do not, however, constitute a new medium which can compare itself to that of the book, as is the case with radio or film.
Irrespective of the quite sensible, possible constraints in each particular research area, broad access is fruitful, and it is important not to limit the existence of the book to print. In order to go back behind the Gutenberg threshold, it is equally important to be able to look beyond it.
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