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    New Leaves: The Histories of Digital Pagination

    Eve, Martin Paul (2022) New Leaves: The Histories of Digital Pagination. Book History 25 (1), ISSN 1529-1499. (In Press)

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    Virtual pagination works very differently from its print correlate. Despite this, encapsulated and paginated formats have gained a solid digital foothold. Nonetheless, many commentators have argued that we must overcome such a reliance on and continuity with print in the digital space. This article charts a new history of the development of digital pagination through a re-interrogation of three interrelated phenomena: 1.) That digital pages do not behave as do their physical correlates but instead mimic earlier historical forms of print that fused pagination, scrolling, and the tablet form. 2.) That the relatively late development of PDF, now the most widespread trans-media digital pagination format, was almost abandoned by Adobe’s board of directors, who could see no audience for it. 3.) That there are other more robust lineages of constraint for digital pages from cinema and television. Drawing on new correspondence with the creators of the PDF format, the argument that emerges from these historical tracings is that nothing was sure about the development of textual pagination in the digital space and that the digital page almost never came to the prominence and dominance now presumed in discussions of digital reading.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Martin Eve
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 10:29
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2021 10:19


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