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What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading | Leah Price
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Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do 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. The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked. Print-era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. In encounters with librarians, booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike.
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A cool non fiction about books and how they are different from stories. The history of books and how people read and how it has been seen through time.

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underground_bks
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English professor Leah Price turns our common conceptions about the health and history of the book on its head in this concentrated examination of how we‘ve thought of books and reading through time. I particularly enjoyed her chapters on biblio-therapy and book activism. It did feel a bit rangy and scattered to me—but full of fascinating facts about books to ponder!

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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I enjoyed it, though I will say you have to be pretty interested in book history for it to be a good fit. Price presents some fresh perspectives on book history and our current print zeitgeist that are thought provoking for modern book activists.

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Becker
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Mehso-so

The contents of this book would normally be very interesting to me but honestly, 224 pages of it got a bit dull. Too much of a good thing. I should have broke it down into much smaller reading segments.

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Angeles
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Here is the gist of this delightful book:
Our ancestors were as lazy, unfocused and inattentive readers as we are: stop blaming technology😁

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vivastory
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Having a TBR I will never conquer, precariously placed stacks in my apartment that occasionally fall, & having spent a small fortune on books...I must say, this is truly a #wonderfullife & I wouldn't want it any other way.
#RedRoseSeptember
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Melissa_J Well played! 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
Cinfhen Wonderful ❤️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan Well said 👏 2mo
OnlyYoo ❤️❤️❤️ relatable 2mo
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Booksnchill
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Reading a review of the tagged book in The New Yorker. The idea that our current interaction with books should not be nostalgic or as a bunker to stave off the digital onslaught but as a way to “have words with one another” the important thing is the “interactions through which we get our hands on books” as well as those that “awaken a desire for them”... so basically Litsy!!!🤣🤓🤔 Community Goals. Happy Sunday Littens!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes Litsy! 2mo
Emilymdxn Just read this what a great article! 2mo
Booksnchill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 👍👏👏👏💕 2mo
Booksnchill @Emilymdxn I put the book on hold at my library- I hope it‘s as good as the review! 2mo
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Flaneurette
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Good reading spot today

merelybookish Indeed! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 2mo
TheSpineView 😍 2mo
Dawnrod1970 So beautiful! 2mo
CarolynM Lovely😍 2mo
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kd_lawson
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I enjoyed this while at the same time feeling like something was missing.
It never fully capture my attention but was filled with interesting information about the history of books as physical objects.
The narration was solid but somehow I still found my mind wandering to other things.
I plan on reading it again in the future because it could just be my headspace at the moment.

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Mitch
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Oh my goodness - what a title! Shouldn‘t this be stacked by every Litten! Out today if you‘re interested..l can‘t believe there isn‘t a Litsy post about it yet ( my first port of call when I see something new and wanna get a feel for it!)

squirrelbrain Stacked! ❤️ 3mo
AnneCecilie I need to check into this one 3mo
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