SVR 2014 Books

Robot books that are friends and foes

From the Gutenberg press to eBooks, new inventions and innovations have made books more accessible to a wider audience. With digital devices now the centerpiece of how we gather information and communicate, “book” is being redefined.

Does the latest technology help or hinder the connection of authors and readers through the written word? Is there such a thing as too much information?

These and other provocative questions will be the subject of more than 100 public events in Silicon Valley Reads 2014, a community engagement program that asks everyone in Santa Clara County to read, think and discuss this important topic.

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #SVR2014.


The Shallows book coverThe Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

Describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by "tools of the mind", from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer. 


book jacket for sloan's novelMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. 




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