Because the topic of my paper changed slightly from my original intentions, my sources also ended up being different from those listed in my Annotated Bibliography. I believe, Dr. Knight, you said in class that this was acceptable. I just wanted to remind you, since this was the case with my paper.
I hope you enjoy!
Remember what I said about how great Codecademy was when I first tried it back in February?
I TAKE IT ALL BACK.
Maybe it’s the website, or maybe it’s the coding language, or maybe it’s just me, but this was the worst, most unbelievably frustrating thing I have had to do for this class. And this class has not been a cake walk!
Below is my research proposal for my EMAC 6300 class. It is not the same as my original ideas, which I found to be a bit difficult to research. I have also attached my proposal in a pdf file here:
Evolution of Digital Books vs. Physical Books
The history of the printed word—and thus physical book publishing—is rich with intrigue and vital cultural relevance. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, society began to undergo a fundamental change in the way people communicated and even their very thought processes. According to McLuhan, we live under a “typographic spell,” instituted by the creation of the printing press and the subsequent inundation of modern society with physical books and the ability to read them. Today it would be hard to imagine a world without books and all the vast and entangled changes that they have brought to society—many of which we may not even recognize.
Now we face a new chapter in the history of books in which they are being transformed into various digital formats for consumption by both readers who are long familiar with physical books, and new generations who are much more comfortable with all things digital. The printed book industry is facing major upheavals as the media transitions to digital formats. These changes will likely affect society in a similar way to the original printed word.
I want to explore the new forms that books are taking, and discover how readers are reacting to these forms. I hope to find out which formats are being favored, or if readers still prefer physical books on the whole. To narrow the focus of this paper, I will research several websites and digital book subscription offerings to discover what options are available and how they compare to one another. I expect that my findings will help me select a single media object, or maybe two or three for comparison, on which I can focus more carefully. I will also briefly review the history of book publishing and the relevant effects it has caused, to emphasize the magnitude of these new changes and provide background for the current status of the industry.
- How do new digital formats for books compare to each other and to physical books?
- What trends are emerging for digital book use vs. physical book use?
- Do book readers want to engage with literature the way they engage with magazines?
- Can they afford to do so? Will people sign up for yet another monthly charge?
- Will digital book subscribers have the intellectual bandwidth to consume what they bought? Does that matter?
- Will they come to trust or despise the online studios pushing books onto their phones and iPads any more or less than current physical book publishers?
Potential sources from outside of class:
Tate, R. (2014). The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix. Wired.com. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/business/2014/03/books-become-magazines/
Peterson, P. (2014) Love libraries? Then you’re probably ahead of the technological curve. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/13/love-libraries-then-youre-probably-ahead-of-the-technological-curve/
Open Library. Retrieved from https://openlibrary.org/
Nawotka, E. Bexar County’s Library on a Cloud. Texas Monthly. Retrieved from http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/bexar-countys-library-cloud
Allen, D. (2014). How Complexity Theory Affects Social Media, Streaming and Musicians. LinkedIn.com. Retrieved from http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140122193329-269150-complexity-theory-and-its-effect-on-social-media-streaming-music-services-and-musicians?goback=.nmp_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&trk=nus-cha-roll-art-title
Potential sources from class readings:
Drahos and Braithwaite, Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy?
McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message”