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The Books Interview: Alberto Manguel

May 21, 2010

Alberto Manguel, the author of A History of Reading (1996) The Library at Night (2007) does not think the book of paper and ink will disappear, as long as we allow for technologies to coexist. Author has extensively worked on history of reading and has a personal collection of 30000 books. He comments on various issues to leading newspapers and magazines.

His excerpt of an interview published in New Statesman:

How optimistic are you about the future of the book?

I don’t think the book of paper and ink will disappear, as long as we allow for technologies to coexist. The notion that one must replace the other is simply the urge of the new to exist alone on the planet, but it doesn’t happen – it didn’t happen with photography and painting, it didn’t happen with film and theatre, it didn’t happen with video and film, and it hasn’t happened with electronic technology and the printed page. I was delighted when Bill Gates, a number of years ago, wrote his book about the end of paper and then printed it on paper; I think that says a lot.

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