The Future of Books: THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION IN 500 YEARS?

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The Future of Books: THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION IN 500 YEARS?

Time: August 20, 2010 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: ScottishPower Studio Theatre
City/Town: Edinburgh
Website or Map: http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/t…
Event Type: panel, discussion
Organized By: The London Review of Books and The Edinburgh Book Festival
Latest Activity: Aug 4, 2010

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This highly topical discussion will be of great interest to AMED Members in Scotland, or to others who are visiting Edinburgh for the International Festival, and who are unable to attend the AMED Writers' Group in London, also on 20 August!

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Developments in the internet and electronic publishing are revolutionising the way books are sold and read. Not since Gutenberg has there been such a profound change in the transfer of knowledge in our society. What effect is this having on authors? If the physical book dies out, how will this alter the nature of fictional and non-fictional texts? With the fragmentation of the reading constituency, how will classics be identified and reputations made? Join our panel who discuss these issues with special reference to their own practice as writers: Mary-Kay Wilmers Editor, London Review of Books and author of The Eitingons; James Shapiro, Shakespeare scholar and author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?; and Andrew Franklin, Chief Executive of Profile Books. Chaired by Nicholas Spice, publisher of the London Review of Books.

Tickets: £10; £8

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