The book, the scroll, and the web

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Apr 1 18:12:14 UTC 2010

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The book, the scroll, and the web

The scroll, whose pages are joined end-to-end in a long roll, is older  
than the codex, a writing technology – known more familiarly as the  
book – with pages bound together at one end. Websites have always  
looked more like scrolls than books, a nice retro touch for the ultra- 
modern digital word, but as e-readers grow in popularity, texts are  
once again looking more like books than scrolls. While the first  
online books, the kind digitized by the Gutenberg Project in the  
1980s, consisted of one long, scrolling file, today’s electronic book  
takes as its model the conventional printed book that it hopes one day  
to replace.

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