Pressbooks, Monographs and Maxwell

From John Maxwell, in “Pressbooks, Monographs, and the Essence of the Book”:

In light of this, Hugh McGuire’s Pressbooks project is a milestone. It represents a critical step towards (or perhaps a critical achievement in) reducing “the book” to its fundamental webby fluidity (as opposed to its stable ink and paperness), while preserving that guiding metaphor of the bounded, internally complete book. This is a fulcrum point. What Pressbooks allows is the deconstruction of the book’s traditional materiality, allowing it to then be re-constructed in a web-native mode, without throwing away the essence of what a book is, especially for those genres like the monograph, literary novel, extended memoir, that we hold most dear in our hearts and on our bookshelves.

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