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Either the book will continue to be the medium for reading, or its replacement will resemble what the book has always been, even before the invention of the printing press. Alterations to the book-as-object have modified neither its function nor its grammar for more than 500 years. The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved.

Umberto Eco on his new book, This is Not the End of the Book: A Conversation Curated by Jean-Phillipe de Tonnac.

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