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Bookless universities?

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Submitted by Llewellyn BROWN (France), Jul 7, 2011 at 03:16

A tangent but important remark : the idea of "bookless universities" is most worrying, and not at all a progress. Electronic reading can only be useful for utilitarian and ephemeral knowledge. Any in-depth study requires… books ! By way of proof, some research results : reading on electronic media is faster but memorisation is 20% less. I have studied this question in a forthcoming publication ("Books and Computer Technology", The International Journal of the Book, vol. 8, no. 2, 2011). Let conservative learning be well-grounded, and supported by real scholarship, not just a matter of mass communication !

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