Quote for the Day: Jeanette Winterson on Digitization

What worries me is that a load of shite has been talked about digitisation as being the new Gutenberg, but the fact is that Gutenberg led to books being put in shelves, and digitisation is taking books off shelves.  If you start taking books off shelves then you are only going to find what you are looking for, which does not help those who do not know what they are looking for.

Jeanette Winterson

One could easily argue that the accidental discovery of what you didn’t know you were looking for is still imminently possible in a digitized, hyperlinked environment. However, as someone who can probably trace much of what I believe today to the accidental discovery at a young age of a certain novel on a library shelf (which I have written about here), her concerns strike a personal note with me.

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