By Alberto Manguel
At one magical quick on your early youth, the web page of a book—that string of harassed, alien ciphers—shivered into which means. phrases spoke to you, gave up their secrets and techniques; at that second, entire universes opened. You turned, irrevocably, a reader. famous essayist Alberto Manguel strikes from this crucial second to discover the 6000-year-old dialog among phrases and that magician with no whom the e-book will be a dull item: the reader. Manguel lingers over analyzing as seduction, as uprising, as obsession, and is going directly to hint the never-before-told tale of the reader's development from clay capsule to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.
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