For centuries, the bound volume held an esteemed and seemingly invincible place in our culture. In the digital age, however, nothing about the status of books, or even their survival as physical objects, is certain. How should we understand the present moment, suspended between the print culture of old and the digital future? What lessons might the past hold for thinking about current concerns and options? Does digitization herald the end of the book or a new beginning (or neither)?
In October 2015, the White Rose Debating the Book programme will connect the large public in and around Leeds, Sheffield and York interested in these questions with the outstanding scholars and innovators best placed to shape informed, imaginative discussion. At the centerpiece of the programme will be a public debate on the future of the book, details of which can be found below