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By Peter L. Shillingsburg
As applied sciences for digital texts become ever extra subtle engines for shooting other forms of data, radical adjustments are underway within the method we write, transmit and skim texts. during this thought-provoking paintings, Peter Shillingsburg considers the potentials and pitfalls, the improvements and distortions, the achievements and inadequacies of digital variants of literary texts. In tracing ancient adjustments within the tactics of composition, revision, construction, distribution and reception, Shillingsburg finds what's fascinated with the duty of shifting texts from print to digital media. He explores the potentials, a few but untapped, for digital representations of published works in ways in which will make the digital illustration either extra actual and extra wealthy than used to be ever attainable with revealed kinds. besides the fact that, he additionally retains in brain the prospective lack of the e-book as a fabric item and the damaging outcomes of expertise.
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