Modeling Functionality: From Codex to e-Book

Johanna Drucker

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226165073
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226165097 | DOI:
Modeling Functionality: From Codex to e-Book

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This chapter discusses the importance of modeling the functionality of textual artifacts. It cites the case of the e-book as an example of the ways in which a too-literal misapprehension of what constitute the distinctive features of a material form can give rise to a misconceived model of what it should be when redesigned in another media environment. This chapter also argues that the traditional codex may already be considered virtual and that the books of the future depend very much on how we meet the challenge to understand what a book is and has been.

Keywords: functionality; textual artifacts; material form; media environment; codex; books

Chapter.  4171 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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