Libri Elettronici La Seconda GenerazionePresentation Transcript
Libri elettronici: la seconda generazione Gino Roncaglia, Università della Tuscia per
Information Sciences 101:
digital texts = low requirements in terms of memory and computing resources
digital images/sounds = heavier requirements in terms of memory and computing resources
digital video = still more memory and computing resources are required
we mainly use digital equipment to listen to music…
we mainly use digital equipment to record and watch images and video…
we mainly use paper to read books
Well, isn’t this just wonderful?
we work in the humanities, we love books…
… books are ergonomically perfect (Eco)…
… and they feel and smell just great!
All (almost) true, but…
what happens to the new generation of digital natives?
they live in a digital environments where texts are supposed to be simple, short, modular
… no place for the kind of complex, argumentative books we are used to
And what happens to our research habits? Shorter papers and web sites are slowly taking over as tools of choice even for scholarly research in the humanities. And this might have major consequences on the argumentative structure of our research work, emphasizing the tendency to focus on specific topics rather than on broader issues, and to oversimplify wide-scope and survey works.
Why is that paper books are so good?
we can use them everywhere
they don’t need batteries, are easy to read, are not expensive, no wires around…
… they are perfect both for lean forward and lean back reading
Lean forward? Lean back?
lean forward: active reading
lean back: relaxed reading
Computer screens are poor reading devices
lean forward only (no lean back, little mobility)
emitting light = easy eye strain
A really good e-book reader would be…
… just like a book, but…
… with the added benefits of digital media
The magic book of Mr. Tusmann (E.T.A. Hoffmann, Die Brautwahl )