To read the news, you would think books are on the brink of extinction. The National Endowment for the Arts has warned that reading is in precipitous decline and numerous “experts” say attention spans are growing as short as a Tweet. Yet over a million new books were published last year and the number of people using public libraries has surged. This course will explore books in contemporary culture, the book industry from writers to readers, the intellectual history of reading, and the future of the book.

The syllabus is available as a Word document.

The lecture notes are presented in reverse chronological order, posted as the class progressed.

Class slides can be found at SlideShare. They may not make much sense.

This work is licensed under a CC 3.0 License. It’s an open course. Feel free to borrow and remix.
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