The Influence of Technology on Literature Essay

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The Influence of Technology on Literature


This essay will discuss the way new technologies have influenced some of the areas of literature. Whilst the writer of this essay acknowledges the development of cyber books for their pure entertainment value, this essay will focus on the influence of new technology in the practical advances in the literature and associated industries. This includes the influences that new technology has had on the entertainment aspect, the educational aspect, the industry aspect and the employment aspect. This essay will discuss the influence that new technologies and new uses for old technologies have had on some aspects of literature and the producers and consumers of books. This includes authors, publishers
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One of the noted limitations of this ‘new technology’ is its seemed ability to mishear or misinterpret the voice activation. The author must remember that even though utilising new technologies, they must still ensure they perform editing and drafting.

One of the major topics of ‘new technology’ seen emerging in the literature industry is that of the E-Book. The E-Book’s purpose is eventually to outsell and make obsolete the written book. Hirsh (2003) makes the argument that the paperback book will never become extinct. He argues that those readers who read as a hobby enjoy the physical aspects of the book such as the weight, feel and experience of reading a book. He also argues that that experience would be diminished were they to sit in front of their palm pilot or computer screen to experience the book (Hirsh, 2003). One author (Staley, 2003) argues that new technology, far from removing the book from existence, more so creates a new and more efficient method of distributing and buying books for the end user. Through the use of e-commerce and electronic bookshops, avid readers, students and academics have access to all manner of books via the internet and their credit card.

Whilst there are many advances and influences of new technology on the authors of books, large steps have also been made that influence the users of these…