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Does the book have a future?


Advances in technology have produced a range of devices on which a book can be read, from an e‐book reader to a tablet or phone. E‐books have the advantages that a reader can take a sizeable selection when traveling, read backlit text, and enlarge the type size to suit. The book exists in both printed and digital form, as p‐book and e‐book. Digital technology has also revolutionized the production of printed books. Digital printing, as opposed to traditional offset printing, enables genuine print on demand as well as short runs. This facility has less relevance to the world of mass‐market paperbacks, where large print runs mean that the benefits of offset printing still apply, but it is of great interest to most publishers and those who want to self‐publish. In fact, more books are published than ever before, and there has been a boom in self‐publishing.

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Phillips, Angus

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford International Centre for Publishing


Year of publication: 2019
Date of RADAR deposit: 2019-07-12

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