Naomi S. Baron. Words on Screen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. vi, 304p. ISBN 9780199351765. US $24.95.
Book lovers have been worrying about the fate of reading in an age of computers since at least 1955, when the University of Chicago Library School convened a future-of-the-book conference under the shadow of cybernetics. In Words on Screen, Naomi S. Baron’s worries reside in the present (ca. 2014), and she addresses a general audience. SHARP members will be gratified to see the ways her book historicizes reading, writing, and information overload, making reference to Robert Darnton, Leah Price, Geoffrey Nunberg, Ann Blair, and others.