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About this Course
To read the news, you would think books are on the brink of extinction. The National Endowment for the Arts warns that reading books is in precipitous decline and numerous "experts" say members of Gen Y are not interested in anything that is not high-tech. Yet 1.3 million books were published last year and the number of people using public libraries has doubled in the past decade. This course will explore books in contemporary culture, the book industry from writers to readers, the intellectual history of reading, and the future of the book.