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Out of Print (2013)

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Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers... See full summary »

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Vivienne Roumani
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Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers all in flux. Booksellers closing shop. Librarians and teachers seeking new roles. Storytellers like Ray Bradbury, complemented by evocative visuals, weave a compelling tale. Scott Turow and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon as an online bookstore, place us in the middle of their debate. People tell us they read snippets all day long, yet one of five Americans no longer reads a single book, in any format, in an entire year. Personal stories of parents and students take us into their worlds, highlighting how this revolution is changing every aspect of the printed word -- and changing us. Written by Anonymous

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27 April 2014 (Spain) See more »

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Spotlights the wonders & worries of eReading
12 May 2013 | by anthroviewSee all my reviews

The chain of events, products and services from author to reader and comment/critic's response is perused in this documentary to compare printing on paper with communicating on the e-Ink or portable eBook reading devices. The shaping roles of form factor, physicality, readers' contexts, and the archival durability of resulting written content are addressed and illustrated. But after exploring this intersection of several issues, there is no firm conclusion or set of suggested next steps that an author or a reader might wish to take to better grapple with the hybrid world of print AND digital transmission. What can one; what should one do about this process: resist it, promote it, observe the changes and participate in both media --paper and bytes? It is not a surprise that final answers are absent: the matter is emergent and full consequences are still playing out. So if not presenting the subject and giving the final word, the documentary does take the first steps in that direction by beginning with an acknowledgment of the magnitude of the changes being set in motion, and by engaging with several authorities who are most deeply and articulately part of the process that is making the written word more fluid and revisable, and thus, too, the thinking that goes hand in hand with writing.


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