University of the Book
Turning Around a Popular Myth
You can hardly get through a week these days without reading (or hearing) a new obituary for the book, and for libraries. But the case is overblown, even if the role the book plays in culture and learning is declining.
The University of the Book (UBook) is a vision, an emerging idea for promoting the significance and use of the important book, particularly the printed book but not excluding digital editions. The vision proposes an organization or movement to promote serious reading. UBook utilizes society’s enormous investment in the well-organized and presented print, media, and online resources of the library to support the learner’s quest for knowledge anytime, anyplace, by any means. By connecting learners, guides, and resources, UBook brings a new level of meaning, purpose, and revenues—and thereby greater sustainability—to the enduring but endangered library institution.
The UBook category on this site provides relevant documents and presentations gven by Jim Marcum and others. There will be periodic updates and links to other useful information. Please use the Contact page on this site to share your thoughts.