The Deep Space of Digital Reading

Why we shouldn’t worry about leaving print behind

Nautilus
Nautilus
Oct 7, 2019 · 11 min read
A blue illustration of one person with their head in a book, while another person’s face is bathed in the glow of an e-reader
A blue illustration of one person with their head in a book, while another person’s face is bathed in the glow of an e-reader
Illustration: Irene Rinaldi

By Paul La Farge

Originally published at Nautilus on January 7, 2016.

In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness, which took place around the 10th century A.D.: the advent of…

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