Overbooked: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Reading Wars

Abstract:

Overbooked: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Reading Wars asks how digital-age Americans have come to believe that print reading would improve their civic, emotional and even medical well-being.  After centuries of expert warnings that getting lost in a book would make you impulsive, impatient, insomniac or insane, reading – especially immersion in printed novels -- was suddenly tasked with restoring concentration and empathy.  What’s lost when everyone from probation officers to pediatricians tasks books with saving a self or a society?   And what competing uses for reading can we rediscover if we look back at the longer history of ideas about the pleasures and pains offered by print? 

Last updated on 10/16/2017