Does the Brain Need the Book? Video by John Miedema


Two thousand years ago the book replaced the scroll. The book was portable. Pages allowed for precise references. The spine allowed a title to be imprinted, easier to organize in libraries. The book was the superior technology for reading. Digital technology has introduced the web browser and the e-reader. Is the book dead? Why has the book lasted 2000 years? Is it possible to change our reading technology so quickly? This video looks at the close connections between the reader’s brain and the book.

(Originally published as part of my I, Reader blog series in 2012. It is a good summary of many ideas about literacy discussed in Part I of After Reading.)

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