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Sophie and the Future of Reading and Writing

Author: Robert Stein, Daniel Visel
Organisation: Institute for the Future of the Book
Publish Date: 2007
Country: Global
Theme: Futures
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Books, Reading, Writing, Printed books

In the 1440s, Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press that enabled the mass production of books. In the ensuing five and half centuries, books—printed pages bound together—have served as the central mechanism for storing and transmitting knowledge. But their fundamental nature as static, finished products has changed little since Gutenberg’s time. Today, however, the traditional roles of authors and their readers may indeed shift as electronic, screen-based technologies allowing the creation of interactive, networked books are developed and refined. Robert Stein and Daniel Visel of the Institute for the Future of the Book, affiliated with the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, describe the Sophie platform, an all-purpose, user friendly tool that gives authors control of the form of their work by allowing them to use multimedia to convey their content—without having to rely on expert programmers for support. Stein and Visel believe that Sophie has the potential to blur the lines between reading and writing in ways that printed books simply cannot.
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