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Terminology[ edit ] A woman reading an e-book on an e-reader E-books are also referred to as "ebooks", "eBooks", "Ebooks", "e-Books", "e-journals", "e-editions", or "digital books". A device that is designed specifically for reading e-books is called an "e-reader", "ebook device", or "eReader".

Cicero probably dictated de Officiis to his freed slave, Tiro, who copied it down on a papyrus scroll from which other copies were made in turn. Within a few centuries some versions were transferred from scrolls into bound books, or codices. A thousand years later monks meticulously made copies by hand, averaging only a few pages a day. Then, in the 15th century, de Officiis was copied by a machine. It was printed in Mainz, Germany, on a printing press owned by Johann Fust, an early partner of Johannes Gutenberg, the pioneer of European printing. It is dated Some years after it was printed, this beautiful volume sits in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, its home since Few physical volumes survive five centuries. This one should last several more. The vault that holds it and tens of thousands of other volumes, built in , was originally meant to double as a nuclear-bomb shelter. Although this copy of de Officiis may be sequestered, the book itself is freer than ever. In its printed forms it has been a hardback and, more recently, a paperback, published in all sorts of editions—as a one off, a component of uniform library editions, a classic pitched at an affordable price, a scholarly, annotated text that only universities buy. And now it is available in all sorts of non-printed forms, too. You can read it free online or download it as an e-book in English, Latin and any number of other tongues. Many are worried about what such technology means for books, with big bookshops closing, new devices spreading, novice authors flooding the market and an online behemoth known as Amazon growing ever more powerful. Their anxieties cannot simply be written off as predictable technophobia. Veterans and revolutionaries alike may go bust; Gutenberg died almost penniless, having lost control of his press to Fust and other creditors. But to see technology purely as a threat to books risks missing a key point. They are a technology in their own right, one developed and used for the refinement and advancement of thought. And this technology is a powerful, long-lived and adaptable one. Books like de Officiis have not merely weathered history; they have helped shape it. The ability they offer to preserve, transmit and develop ideas was taken to another level by Gutenberg and his colleagues. Being able to study printed material at the same time as others studied it and to exchange ideas about it sparked the Reformation; it was central to the Enlightenment and the rise of science. Books read in electronic form will boast the same power and some new ones to boot. The printed book is an excellent means of channelling information from writer to reader; the e-book can send information back as well. Already readers can see what other readers have thought worthy of note, and seek out like-minded people for further discussion of what they have read. The private joys of the book will remain; new public pleasures are there to be added. What is the future of the book? It is much brighter than people think. The rise of digital technology—and especially Amazon, a bookshop unlike any seen before—underlined those fears. In the past decade people have been falling over themselves to predict the death of books, of publishers, of authors and of bookshops, even of reading itself. Of all those believed at risk, only the bookshops have actually suffered serious damage. Historically books were a luxury item. Having become cheap enough for the masses in the 20th century, in the 21st century digital technology and global markets have made them more accessible still. In around 1. Those figures do not capture the many e-books that are being self-published without an ISBN. Many of those self-published books are ones in which traditional publishers would have had no interest, but which almost-free distribution makes worthwhile: do you feel like checking out some Amish fiction? The size of the text, as well as the size of the niche, becomes less of an issue, too; short stories and novellas are making a comeback. But it has not dropped off steeply, as many predicted. And they are willing to cart them around, too. The much ballyhooed decline of the physical book has been far from fatal. The growth rate of e-books has recently slowed in many markets, including America and Britain. Publishers now expect most of their sales to remain in print books for decades to come—some say for ever. There are a number of reasons. Relying on sequences of zeros and ones, the Digital is the manipulation of discrete units deprived of semantics. This level is plain calculation; it is at this level that one has access to the universality of calculation and its possibilities. Figure 1. By nature, a text on a digital medium is thus the result of calculation. A digital text is made up of two types of texts: a text as a code and a text displayed on screen. In a book, the recording form the printed text and the restitution form are identical, whereas they are distinct on a digital medium. In this medium, the source code is not what the user sees on the screen: for one form of recording, several forms of restitution are possible because of the mediation of calculation. Though the recording form and the restitution form of print are indistinct, one can perceive a relative desire for manipulability at the level of the codex, the verse, the word, and the letter. While it is critical to note the integral role of computation in the restitution of the digital text, it is difficult to dispute the embedded ideal of analytical manipulation present, for instance, in this relatively conventional scholarly format. Citations and references, arranged and controlled, performing the work of analysis in a manner that aspires towards its hypothetical restitution in the minds of others. In each case, the hope is for practice of rendering and calculation that is immune to the capriciousness of the human observer, and instead reliant on a habituated form of reading and rational thought that can be externalized and re-membered. As an interesting digression, the early work of literary scholarship was primarily geared towards a kind of bibliography, history, and translation, with the emphasis placed on correcting and preserving the record. What we understand as literature today was an insurgent exploitation of the analytic liabilities of print media, an entertaining distraction of the emerging middle class, a prototypical form of hacking and gaming that had found its moment of opportunity between the priorities of Enlightenment humanism and Protestant faith. It is only later when literary art became important from an expressive, interpretive, and cultural perspective, that literary scholars were able to successfully incorporate many of the features literature had initially resisted stasis, linearity, clarity, universality, and, eventually, under the New Critics, Truth into its central value. On the line is the long term accountability of the subject. Today, literature is held up against digital culture for its ability to habituate readers into linear thought, reasoned discourse, and deep concentration. And, of course, as textual writing, it is often very good at these things. But what is often lacking from this understanding is critical context as a form which exposes the limitations of its proto-digital ancestor i. In a world where heavy analytical tasks are performed by computers and policy decisions are removed democratic process, such a context is increasingly meaningless. Without the lively explorations of the limits of inscription and their competing priorities for truth, faith becomes fickle and facts become flexible. In other words, the basic processes that literature mediates become deprived of their foundations as an affective force. Truth tends not to be linear and centralized, but distributed within the unofficial and official records. It tends not to be directly represented, but symbolized through occult references. Thus the plain-spoken democratic spirituality and the egalitarian discourse of rational thought are replaced with calculated interpretations of modular texts. Still, calculation is always present between a recording form and a restitutionform. Between these two extremes, we lose sight of the human capacity to modify and adapt to conditions, to act. As a matter of fact, it is because calculation allows inscriptions to be manipulated that the reader can be given the possibility to manipulate inscriptions. Figures of gestural manipulation Literary and artistic digital creations often rely on gestural manipulations from the reader for instance to activate a link, to move an element on screen, to enter text with the keyboard. In an interactive work, the gesture acquires a particular role, and fully contributes to the construction of meaning. The interactive gesture is primarily the actualization of an interpretation through a gesture. Since Antiquity, the figures have made up a significant part of rhetoric, even though rhetoric should not be reduced to rhetorical figures. Figures are generally divided into four main categories: diction e. In computing contexts, our understanding of the figural is influenced the divergence between the restituted figure and its recorded form as code. In the context of programming ontology, this means that objects are defined as discrete entities within the program framework. If something makes a difference then it is, full stop. However, the functional ideal of the modular component has always had a home in machinic contexts and in the imagination. Predictably, this modularity has also been anticipated by a host of rhetorical manipulations that undermine the discrete character of the modular through literary practice. Interactive and multimedia writing calls upon certain existing figures, such as the metaphor and the metonymy. Yet the figure can function somehow differently in digital literary works. In this work, the materialization of figures is rendered through the creative use of frames and windows. Bouchardon analyzed several examples, including synecdoche. Synecdoche is a figure where a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing. The rhetorical figure is paired with the material space and architecture of the narrative. Figure 2. Non-roman Besides, in digital works, the reader has to make an action roll over, drag and drop, type letters. This manipulation of media text, image, video contributes to the construction of meaning. For instance, very often, when a reactive zone is moused over, a text or a picture appears. It disappears as soon as the cursor leaves the reactive zone. Due to the exclusiveness and limited readerships of e-books, the fractured market of independent publishers and specialty authors lacked consensus regarding a standard for packaging and selling e-books. In the late s, a consortium formed to develop the Open eBook format as a way for authors and publishers to provide a single source-document which many book-reading software and hardware platforms could handle. Focused on portability, Open eBook as defined required subsets of XHTML and CSS ; a set of multimedia formats others could be used, but there must also be a fallback in one of the required formats , and an XML schema for a "manifest", to list the components of a given e-book, identify a table of contents, cover art, and so on. Google Books has converted many public domain works to this open format. Unofficial and occasionally unauthorized catalogs of books became available on the web, and sites devoted to e-books began disseminating information about e-books to the public. Consumer e-book publishing market are controlled by the "Big Five". In , libraries began offering free downloadable popular fiction and non-fiction e-books to the public, launching an e-book lending model that worked much more successfully for public libraries. National Library of Medicine has for many years provided PubMed , a comprehensive bibliography of medical literature. In early , NLM set up the PubMed Central repository, which stores full-text e-book versions of many medical journal articles and books, through cooperation with scholars and publishers in the field. Pubmed Central also now provides archiving and access to over 4. Despite the widespread adoption of e-books, some publishers and authors have not endorsed the concept of electronic publishing , citing issues with user demand, copyright infringement and challenges with proprietary devices and systems. This survey found significant barriers to conducting interlibrary loan for e-books. Mellon Foundation. When a library purchases an e-book license, the cost is at least three times what it would be for a personal consumer. However, some studies have found the opposite effect to be true for example, Hilton and Wikey Project Gutenberg has over 52, freely available public domain e-books. If there is no reading then we have reached the end of all literature, and electronic literature may have helped to get us there. Complementary problems arise when we turn to face the world that has developed, historically, culturally, to receive and sometimes publish the artifacts of electronic literature. The actual world of computation within which we now dwell has an architecture that is as substantial and determinative as that of bricks and mortar. The crucial sociopolitical and economic contexts for this terrifying change have been signaled and set out by, amongst others, McKenzie Wark, David Golumbia, and Bernard Stiegler Wark , Golumbia , Stiegler A literature of engaged, scholarly critique surrounding these issues is maturing steadily and will be important to scholars and practitioners who are preparing for the end s of electronic literature. As Wark suggests — to outline, very briefly, my own current reading of this literature — there is now an emergent if not established class of vectoralists. These are chiefly corporate powers and are relatively unregulated because they are network-enabled, transnational and, by definition, representative of a paradigm shift in the structures of polity. Vectoralist power has succeeded swiftly and spectacularly in aggregating and controlling these vectors. They own and exploit them as a new means of production in the ever-growing attention-led economy of third nature. He discovers us — human persons — threatening to lose the savoir vivre that allows us to take care of the vital cultural institutions which are challenged and threatened by vectoralism. A recent interview with Stiegler is included in a wide-ranging volume edited by Roberto Simanowski Stiegler My own contribution to the same volume expands on the outline here Cayley Most commercial publishers are and will remain large corporations, although highly adaptable to the new vectoralist polity. This is true for literary practice, even when the architecture has not been constructed by or on behalf of any practices associated with publishing as previously understood. Escaping the gravity of print culture does not necessarily imply that electronic literature is no longer in the orbit of material cultural architectures — ancient, modern and contemporary. What this does mean is that the contemporary and evolving cultural practices of reading — what reading is and will become — will be determined not by the innovators of electronic literature; they will be determined by those cultural power brokers who build and control the Big Software architecture of reading. Electronic literature emerged, ostensibly, as a radical, not to say revolutionary engagement with the practices of linguistic art. It presumed that the application of computationally-realized affordances to reading and writing would demand, more or less universally, entirely new forms, institutions and aesthetics. If hypertext was not necessarily literary — as such, or with regard to literary art — its early history was intimately involved with literature as a name for documentary and archival practice which of course includes literary practice. Arguably the first true architecture of network culture, the World Wide Web, established the preferred vectors in alignment with which hypertext became capable of operating in our everyday world. Occasionally, certain network vectors for less conventional, generative forms of literature have achieved a degree of momentum. In the case of expressive hypertext — with choose-your-own-adventure gaming capabilities — we can now point to Twine as a platform still gaining significant popularity. But will it ever end up supporting Twine-writers and designers commercially, or as prominent literary practitioners? Some of the most important authors of hypertext fiction from the s — Michael Joyce, Shelley Jackson — have abandoned the form in so far as it is programmable and networked. Serious practitioners who persist with electronic literature must still seek the consolation of formal avant-gardism. There is always the chance that an author-innovator from these margins — from amongst the independent or institutionally patronized experimenters — will produce work in a new form and of a quality that not only demands to be read but ensures that its particular form of reading becomes so widely understood and adopted that Big Software is encouraged to embrace and support it. But up until the present time, this has not happened in any of the ways that were envisioned. I believe so. In a notable revision of his in famous "End of Books" essay, Robert Coover, in , retreated to the position that it might take odd years — as it did for the modern novel — before a commensurate digitally mediated literary form was able to develop to the point where it had attracted the effective engagement of literary practitioners Coover , What has happened? We have eBooks. More to the point, people everywhere are reading eBooks. These inherently skeuomorphic cultural formations are nothing like what the community of electronic literary researchers and makers would want them to be. They represent, nonetheless, a perfectly adequate and quite distinct platform for reading. In my own case, it is now just as likely that I will have a profound literary aesthetic experience when reading an eBook as when reading a physical book. Along with those of many other friends and colleagues, I can report, albeit anecdotally, that my 'library' of eBooks is steadily growing and that I spend as much time reading from a tablet as from a printed book. Is this reading electronic? As a form or practice of reading, it is not experienced as fundamentally distinct when compared with reading from print. And yet, it is formally different, both in itself, subtly, and also with regard to real, novel affordances offered by both textual digitization and connection to the network see below. Readers and writers — to include digital language artist-practitioners like myself — still associate profound linguistic aesthetic experience with reading and writing as more or less conventionally understood, deriving significance and affect from encounters with streams of words, phrases, sentences, books. My passive linguistic aesthetic ambitions and desires were quite satisfied when I read Ben Lerner's as an eBook and, I suggest, a certain measure of my desire to operate, culturally, with and within the digital was also satisfied. In order to more properly satisfy any desire for some digital-media-specific enhancements of my linguistic aesthetic experience I will tend, therefore, to seek out and focus on works that are significant and affective in terms of innovative form, inherently at odds with reading and writing conventions, inherently avant-garde — or at least new and disruptive — inherently less well integrated with the architectures of attention that Big Software is building for the literature that has been gifted to us, historically. What do eBooks have that electronic literary makers and artists might find formally interesting? Annotation, bookmarking, limited multimedia content, linking, 'social' annotation and 'social' reading, built-in reference tools including access to the web and translation, and perhaps other affordances I have forgotten or will mention later. By default, this facility is turned "on" for new Kindle readers. The reader's relationships with the text, with the published, with the distributor, with other readers, and so on, is fundamentally altered by network affordances of this kind. The sociology of reading — and thus reading itself — is changed overnight by a technology that does not otherwise pretend to fundamentally alter the practice of reading, in this case, books. But reading, more broadly conceived, has been changed for far more readers, by such social reading, than it was ever changed by, for example, long-form hypertext fiction. And 'shared annotation' is just one of many possibilities for new forms that are entirely within the gift of, in this case, a Big Software architect-distributor-retailer: Amazon. The point is that effective formal innovation is hacked from vectors of commercially implicated flows of network attention. It is not created or even suggested by linguistic-aesthetically motivated authors of reading and writing experiences. Perhaps this essay seems about to call for something? New ends and means for electronic literature, perhaps? It is indeed about to do so, clearly, but not quite so clearly, yet.

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Each postcard is an enigma that the user has to solve by doing certain things in a predefined order. Let us take the example of the first postcard cf. Immediately, the cursor disappears from the screen. Yet, moving the mouse whose cursor is invisible on the screen still has an impact on the elements of the postcard. The functionality of the mouse is in fact not disactivated. One can observe an act of playing with the loss of grasp. The card turns round finally and the text is read by the character who wrote the message. Figure 5. As in Ceremony of innocence, numerous works exploit this strategy of the loss of grasp. Figures of manipulation could be expected to give more control to the user, but in many digital literary works, the artists use these very figures to introduce a loss of grasp. The rhetoric of interactive writing is an invitation to interact differently, to have another apprehension of interactivity. The focus on these works shows that the anthropological notion of grasp is valuable to analyze and understand interactive manipulations. From stored memory to reinvented memory The tension between digital manipulability and literary creative practice led us to reexamine the notions of figure or grasp. This tension also questions the notion of memory in archivistics, the technical occasion of subjective formation. As Stiegler notes, there is a tendency to overlook the technical aspect of human existence, creating a false equivalence between the computer memory and the human brain, when the more apt comparison would best understand digital storage within the context of tertiary retentions. The brain is a living memory — that is to say a fallible memory, in a permanent process of destruction, constantly under the sway of what I call retentional finitude. This biological living memory is, however, only one memory among others: particularly alive, it is nevertheless nothing outside its inert memories — i. The archiving and preservation of digital data appear particularly crucial in the field of digital literature. The preservation of works of digital literature leads to a real theoretical and practical problem. A digital literary work is indeed not an object, but, in most cases, it is also not a simple event limited in time, like a performance or a digital installation. In fact, it partakes of both aspects: it is a transmittable object but also fundamentally a process that can only exist in an actualisation. Some authors consider that their works — notably online works — are not meant to last forever. They consider that their works bear their own disappearance within themselves. Their lability is part of the artistic project. This claim can be made a posteriori, as in the case of Talan Memmott and his Lexia to Perplexia. What should be preserved in such digital literary works? The mere preservation of the original file seems insufficient to preserve the work. Especially so if the work is generative or interactive. In this case, the file is not the work as it is not what the reader perceives. In this way, digital literature as print literature did before, opens up the analytic pretensions of contemporary writing technologies to reflection and scrutiny. Here, the ideal of the perfect thinking machine as the abstract and infinite retention machine is challenged by pleasure of works that we can change individually or socially. All the same, however, these works are not necessarily doomed to be lost to history. That the readings they inspire would activate audiences to preserve these works mirrors the archival efforts of libraries past. Though the possibility of automated duplication of everything is real and increasingly likely, within this sea of everything, the human process of reading and archiving is still active, though not necessarily so limited by material accident as print archives are with regards to shelf space, budgets, staff, and patronage. Instead, the questions of preservation and archiving revolve around programming, compatibility, bibliography, and interest. These three directories in the context of an emerging network that includes Hermeneia, Po. The ELD has an on-going agreement with Archive-it. When dealing with the preservation of digital works, one must take into consideration the fact that digitalization does not preserve the content, but the resources and tools used to rebuild the content. Content is only accessible through the functionalities of the tools. The second consequence is that reconstruction is variable. One can observe a proliferation of variants. Numerous versions of a similar content are to be found. Therefore, the questions which must be asked are: what makes the identity of a content? What makes some versions acceptable? What permits differentiating a variant from the original? Figure 6. Online preservation of "First screening. The authors themselves have to organize the strategies of preservation of the works. It could be relevant to notice the number of authors who, in a perspective of preservation, reinvent one of their creations several years later. Books like de Officiis have not merely weathered history; they have helped shape it. The ability they offer to preserve, transmit and develop ideas was taken to another level by Gutenberg and his colleagues. Being able to study printed material at the same time as others studied it and to exchange ideas about it sparked the Reformation; it was central to the Enlightenment and the rise of science. Books read in electronic form will boast the same power and some new ones to boot. The printed book is an excellent means of channelling information from writer to reader; the e-book can send information back as well. Already readers can see what other readers have thought worthy of note, and seek out like-minded people for further discussion of what they have read. The private joys of the book will remain; new public pleasures are there to be added. What is the future of the book? It is much brighter than people think. The rise of digital technology—and especially Amazon, a bookshop unlike any seen before—underlined those fears. In the past decade people have been falling over themselves to predict the death of books, of publishers, of authors and of bookshops, even of reading itself. Of all those believed at risk, only the bookshops have actually suffered serious damage. Historically books were a luxury item. Having become cheap enough for the masses in the 20th century, in the 21st century digital technology and global markets have made them more accessible still. In around 1. Those figures do not capture the many e-books that are being self-published without an ISBN. Many of those self-published books are ones in which traditional publishers would have had no interest, but which almost-free distribution makes worthwhile: do you feel like checking out some Amish fiction? The size of the text, as well as the size of the niche, becomes less of an issue, too; short stories and novellas are making a comeback. But it has not dropped off steeply, as many predicted. And they are willing to cart them around, too. The much ballyhooed decline of the physical book has been far from fatal. The growth rate of e-books has recently slowed in many markets, including America and Britain. Publishers now expect most of their sales to remain in print books for decades to come—some say for ever. There are a number of reasons. Technology companies that are used to consumers flocking to snazzy features and updates have found it surprisingly challenging to compete with a format of such simplicity, and consumers are uninterested in their attempts to do so. All most want is the ability to change font size, which is attractive to older eyes. Experiments with reinventing the presentation of books—by embedding sound and video inside e-books, for example—have fallen flat. Sales of e-readers, the most popular of which is the Kindle, are in decline. The multipurpose tablet devices which are replacing e-readers let you read books and—crucially—buy them whenever you like. Some forms of book benefit a lot. Heavy readers of genre fiction—romance, thrillers and science fiction—were early converts to the cheaper, more portable alternative. Other sorts of book have remained more stubbornly in print form, for various reasons. Physical books make better gifts; many people still want bookshelves in their homes. Parents who feel that their children are spending too much time with screens go for printed books as an alternative, which means a new generation is growing up in contact with print. Perhaps more unexpected than the flourishing of the book is the health of some publishers. When the music and newspaper industries were ravaged by the internet over a decade ago people feared the same fate would befall publishing. But the volume of book sales has stayed steady, and publishers are still, for the most part, the people producing the books that sell. Revenues are down slightly because e-books are a significant part of the market and their prices are lower; but costs have fallen, and thus profits are still there to be made see chart. Print-on-demand systems—digital technology at the service of physical books—reduce risks by enabling publishers to print smaller batches and then fire off more copies quickly if a book sells well. This has proved especially helpful for smaller publishers, such as university presses, says John Ingram of Ingram Content Group, a book distributor. Analogies with the music and newspaper businesses have proved flawed. The music business collapsed in part because the bundle it was peddling fell apart: people wanted the right to buy one song, not the whole album. Books are not so easily picked apart. The music business also suffered because piracy was so easy: anyone who buys a CD can extract the music it contains in digital format in seconds, and can then share it online. These are called 'skills,' and she exercises them in order to respond to what she — also in the terminology of the Kit — can interpret as vocally expressed 'intents. Although Alexa reports her 'birthday' "Alexa, how old are you? I responded positively to the first advertisement for the Echo that I saw, having been selected presumably on the basis of algorithmic analyses as amongst the members of Amazon Prime most likely to be interested in a preliminary and, it appears, experimental offering. I outline these details for the record and to give some sense of the size of the market that Amazon may imagine for these devices. Given that Alexa will be increasingly easy to integrate with home-automation systems domotic, in the terminology of Bruno Latour , there must be reasonable expectation that the market will be large. As a kitchen timing, measurement, and recipe aid, Alexa works well. She is, of course, a fairly decent voice interface to a number of music libraries a "listening and talking Bluetooth speaker". She already "plays" evokes and controls audio recordings for audio books and will surely, soon, be developed to read arbitrary pieces of writing that have not been previously read and recorded by humans as synthesized text-to-speech. She is already a widely recognized, if simple, AI, as I have mentioned, and she is also thus, of course, an ideal vehicle for the outcomes of the stronger AI research that is simultaneously regaining prominence in many fields. She is a part of what may well be the rise of "humanized" social and domestic robots which are not so much invested in undertaking physical tasks like those of factory robots or activities that are dependent on calculated movement. Alexa and her like are focused on information management and interrelation, including transaction with and on behalf of those humans that such robots can sense and identify. If there is a 'first' in this category, the Echo and Alexa have a convincing claim. The current wide-spread usage of the word 'robot' is indicative of a significant shift in our understanding of artificial intelligence. The developed-world imaginary surrounding robots had, until quite recently, embodied them in humanoid forms, with the robots' artificial intelligences inhabiting these bodies in a parody or folk version of Cartesian dualism. Alan Turing disembodied AI but insisted on its relation with socialization and with aspects of identity — his test implicated the determination of gender — that culture and theory now characterizes as constructed Hayles , xi-xii. Today 'robots' exist on the Internet, in the cloud, and as distributed chiefly to our mobile devices. Thanks to the new Apple TV, we are about to discover that they have also been widely distributed to our televisions, or rather, to our home-entertainment systems. A question that I want to ask here — in a context that engages with aesthetic linguistic practice — is this: given that neither Alexa nor our soon-to-be-robot televisions are visually, morphologically humanoid, then why is that we think of them as robots? The answer, of course, is that they make use of human language. Use of language was the reason that we changed our understanding of "robot" in the first place. Robots, on the internet, are programs that use human language or linguistically framed events to perform transactions, with one another and also with and on behalf of actual humans. They write, that is, they generate spam. They build websites to redirect your attention. They try to log into your bank account. They tweet. They set puzzles for you, attempting to find out if you are one them or one of us. Because all these transactions are framed by language and because they model linguistically structured human agency, they qualify as the actions of robots. In everyday life they provide us with encounters which, to date, are those experiences closer than anything else we can imagine as actual encounters with robots. These new forms through which networked machinic humanoids have entered into our world, these are why the robot imaginary changed. Now, Alexa, stands or sits independently, apart from any one of us, in her own body. Crucially, she is able to perform most or all of the robot-like actions and transactions that are carried out by her internet-based forebears. Even more crucially, catastrophically, moreover, Alexa has a voice, a good one, with its own timbre and its powerful suggestion of specific human identity. Siri, or the Siri's rather, with their many possible voices and languages, listening and speaking from our televisions at first, will have all the characteristics and the same quasi-independent standing as Alexa. Alexa is, for all these reasons, important for the future of language art. She is, I believe, the first robot whom I think and feel I have invited into my home. She suggests to me that some major proportion of the art of language will be made in a new world where the material support for linguistic practice will be as much aurature as it is now literature. The speech recognition and synthetic voices of artificial entities can be composed as aurature, and in media that are widely distributable. As a medium — of both delivery and composition — it will further establish programming as integral to the predominant practices of linguistic creation, of aesthetic linguistic artifactuality. Concurrently, and as a part of a continuum of practice, a more functional aurature, equally constituted by synthetic language, will attain the cultural significance of literature and displace its prominence, if only because so much non-aesthetic, everyday transaction will also and in the first place migrate to aurature. It is aurature that will bring about the final end of electronic literature. Happily, taking materially distinct practices of writing and reading along with them — 'writing and reading' will enfold all the various practices for the generation and receptive interpretation of aurature — many language artists will intervene and aestheticize an aurature of the future that might otherwise remain constrained and controlled by vectoralist commercialism and Big-Data, Big-Software solutionism. New York: Riverhead Books. Cayley, John. London: Open Humanities Press. Coover, Robert. Dehaene, Stanislaus. New York: Viking. Does writing have a future? Translated by Nancy Ann Roth, Electronic mediations. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Into the universe of technical images. Funkhouser, Christopher T. Golumbia, David. The Cultural Logic of Computation. Due to the exclusiveness and limited readerships of e-books, the fractured market of independent publishers and specialty authors lacked consensus regarding a standard for packaging and selling e-books. In the late s, a consortium formed to develop the Open eBook format as a way for authors and publishers to provide a single source-document which many book-reading software and hardware platforms could handle. Focused on portability, Open eBook as defined required subsets of XHTML and CSS ; a set of multimedia formats others could be used, but there must also be a fallback in one of the required formats , and an XML schema for a "manifest", to list the components of a given e-book, identify a table of contents, cover art, and so on. Google Books has converted many public domain works to this open format. Unofficial and occasionally unauthorized catalogs of books became available on the web, and sites devoted to e-books began disseminating information about e-books to the public. Consumer e-book publishing market are controlled by the "Big Five". In , libraries began offering free downloadable popular fiction and non-fiction e-books to the public, launching an e-book lending model that worked much more successfully for public libraries. National Library of Medicine has for many years provided PubMed , a comprehensive bibliography of medical literature. In early , NLM set up the PubMed Central repository, which stores full-text e-book versions of many medical journal articles and books, through cooperation with scholars and publishers in the field. Pubmed Central also now provides archiving and access to over 4. Despite the widespread adoption of e-books, some publishers and authors have not endorsed the concept of electronic publishing , citing issues with user demand, copyright infringement and challenges with proprietary devices and systems. This survey found significant barriers to conducting interlibrary loan for e-books. Mellon Foundation. When a library purchases an e-book license, the cost is at least three times what it would be for a personal consumer. However, some studies have found the opposite effect to be true for example, Hilton and Wikey Project Gutenberg has over 52, freely available public domain e-books.

Apple subsequently switches to using Adobe Acrobat. This e-reader, manage expandable storage, could store up topages of content, including text, graphics and pictures. Oxford University Press makes a selection of its books available as e-books through netLibrary. Comiskey and Jonathan D. Albert are granted US patents related to displaying electronic essays, these patents are later used in the displays for most e-readers.

A digitized version of the Gutenberg Bible is electronic available online at the HOW Library. Amazon releases the AND 2 that includes a text-to-speech feature. Amazon releases the Kindle DX that has a 9. Amazon releases the Kindle for PC application in latemaking the Kindle Store library available for the first book outside Kindle hardware.