ISBN 9780007480265,Paper: An Elegy

Paper: An Elegy


Ian Sansom


4th Estate



4th Estate

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9780007480265

ISBN-10 0007480261

Hard Back

Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

The arts: general issues

Paper is the technology through which and with which we have made sense of the world. The making of paper and the manifold uses of paper have made our civilization what it is. But the age of paper is coming to an end. In 2010, Amazon announced for the first time that it was selling more e-books than paper books: according to some, the paper book has no more than five years before it becomes extinct. E-tickets replace tickets. Archives are digitised. The world we know was made from paper, and yet everywhere we look, paper is beginning to disappear. n 'Paper: An Elegy' Ian Sansom curates a history of paper, in all its forms and functions. Both a cultural study and a series of personal reflections on the meaning of paper, this book is a timely meditation on the very paper it's printed on. As we enter a world beyond paper, Sansom explores the paradoxes of paper its vulnerability and its durability and shows how some kinds of paper will always be with us. About the Author Born in Essex, England, Ian Sansom is the author of the popular Mobile Library Mystery Series. He is also a frequent contributor and critic for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, and The Spectator. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge and is a former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Currently, he teaches at Warwick University.

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