Paper to Digital
Documents in the Information Age
by Ziming Liu, Ph.D
October 2008, 176pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59158-620-3
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-1-59884-763-5
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This discussion of the emerging issues with the evolution of and changing characteristics of documents includes trends in transforming scholarly communication, trust in the preservation of digital information, changes in reading behavior, and preferences for and use of print and electronic resources.

Is the paperless society really possible? What is the future of paper in the Digital Age?

Based on extensive statistics and six separate surveys, Paper to Digital explores the evolution and changing characteristics of documents in the Information Age. Resultant implications are studied through the examination of emerging issues in the digital environment.

This timely book represents a useful and scholarly exploration of a major concern in our society.


"Liu's chapters are expansions of articles he has written for information science journals, but he manages to tie them together well."—College & Research Libraries News, May 1, 2009

"This discussion of a complex and important issue is accessible and fascinating. Librarians at all stages of their careers and in all types of organizations will find much here regarding the forces shaping our present realities and our future."—Education Libraries, November 1, 2009

"Paper to Digital contains a fascinating series of studies that investigate the history and future of the document, the paperless society, and the impacts of the change from paper to digital...Liu maintains a scholarly tone that is neutral but engaging. His writing can be easily read and understood by readers who are not academics. Librarians, information scientists, and scholars who are interested in the history and future of the book will be particularly interested in this work."—Catholic Library World, December 1, 2009

"Liu's well-written book is a compilation of his previously published articles. . . The quality of Liu's previous articles and thus the quality of this work is high. . ."—Collection Management, October 1, 2009
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