Theodor Holm Nelson: Literary Machines. The report on, and of, Project Xanadu concerning word processing, electronic publishing, hypertext, thinkertoys, tomorrow's intellectual revolution, and certain other topics including knowledge, education and freedom.
Dedicated to George Orwell and Doug Engelbart.
Themes: The commercial product Xanadu, the ideas about the new electronic publishing world. The Vision: Access to all world's publishings (books and media) for viewing, linking and self-publishing links. Automatic Royalty System.
Quoted from the cover: This book describes the legendary and daring PROJECT XANADU, an initiative toward an instantaneous electronic literature; the most audacious and specific plan for knowledge, freedom and a better world yet to come out of computerdom; the original (perhaps the ultimate) HYPERTEXT SYSTEM.
DO NOT CONFUSE IT WITH ANY OTHER COMPUTER BOOK.
The very last two paragraphs of the book (epilogue): We bring banners. We have held to ideals created long ago, in different times and places, the very best ideals we could find. We have carried these banners unstained to this new place, we now plant them and hope to see them floating in the wind. But it is dark and quiet and lonely here, and not yet dawn.
Now it is for you the reader to examine this place and say where, if anywhere, you would rather be. We hope you share our sense of urgency and of history. The choices are fewer than you might have thought, and perhaps they need to be made quickly. Good luck to you, and to us all.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Used: Good. Literary Machines 90.1; Some heavy darkening on inside cover and facing page from newspaper clippings stored inside; Some light underlining in blue ballpoint pen throughout; Structurally, the book is in good shape. Codice libro della libreria D1518