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