The Future of Reading: The Syllabus

Vintage lady reading

I recently received the following request from a friend & former classmate:

Can you suggest a few key / huge / current books on the evolution of e-books and e-media, especially in the face of print culture? Theory, numbers, personal essays, experiences? How print and electronic texts augment each other or not?

What a great prompt. It brought to mind all kinds of wonderful things I’ve read or seen lately—though most are not in book form.

I thought I’d share my response publicly, and also gather your recommendations in the comments, because I know I don’t have a comprehensive list (yet!).


Websites, Blogs, Events, Talks

Specific Posts

What else is there? Let us know in the comments!

Upcoming Classes with Jane

The following two tabs change content below.
Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has more than 15 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. She speaks around the world at events such as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World, and has keynoted writing conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace. She currently teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia. Find out more.
Posted in Electric Speed, Reading.


  1. Pingback: The Future of Reading: The Syllabus | Jane Friedman | Publishing iPad Book Apps for Kids |

  2. Pingback: Libertys Yarn » What's Your Story? » For the weekend

  3. The Late Age of Print by  Ted Striphas is a good one – more about the cultural context of books and reading in the last ten years than futurism, but good clean fun. 

  4. Hi. It’s taken me ages to answer this because I wanted to finish the book and write the review first. But here is a addition: ‘The History of Reading” by Steven Tibor Fischer, which I’ve just reviewed on my blog at It’s a long book, published in 2003, so inevitably his predictions are off. But I like the way he embeds the current revolution in the our millennial love affair with reading, and a cool understanding of how technological change (the symbolic alphabet, movable type, paper) influences the way reading powers social change.

    Thanks for the blog, which I read regularly.

Join the conversation