Academe and the Myth of the Book

By Jeffrey R. Di Leo.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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There is currently all too much evidence that the culture of the book in American higher education is in crisis. For example, how do we balance the rising cost of producing and publishing books with shrinking university presses and library budgets? How do we deal with the rising cost of textbooks, which by one estimation has risen at four times the rate of inflation over the past fifteen years? How will the academy emerge from this crisis? In this paper, I’d like to briefly consider one proposed solution: namely, that academia shift from being a fundamentally print culture to becoming a fundamentally digital culture.

Keywords: Higher Education, Scholarly Publishing, Print Culture, Digital Culture

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.71-79. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 247.085KB).

Dr. Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Professor of Philosophy and English, Dean, Editor, Arts and Sciences, American Book Review , Symploke, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA

Jeffrey R. Di Leo edits American Book Review and symplokē, and is a professor of English and philosophy, and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston-Victoria. He has published many books, including: Morality Matters: Race, Class, and Gender in Applied Ethics (2002); Affiliations: Identity in Academic Culture (2003); and On Anthologies: Politics and Pedagogy (2004).


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