Community and Communion: Books as Communal Artefacts in the Digital Age

By Yasmin Ibrahim and Nichola Smith.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Books have been both a part of communal imagination and a focal point for communion. This paper examines books as communal and cultural artefacts prior to the advent of the Internet by tracing the notion of imagined and physical ‘communities’ that have emerged through reading, sharing, and ownership of books. The paper also compares the myriad forms which the book has acquired in the digital age and how these can challenge the conventional notions of community with the emergence of new media ‘sociabilities’ and networks.

Keywords: Community, Digital Age, Public Libraries, Networks, New Media

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.65-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 476.961KB).

Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim

Senior Lecturer, Media and Information Studies, University of Brighton, Moulsecomb, Brighton, UK

Dr. Nichola Smith

Prinicpal Lecturer, Division of Information and Media Studies, University of Brighton, Brighton, Sussex, UK


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