The digital world

Until recently, for those people with an interest in Priscilla’s books who live in countries outside of the Great Britain, access has been limited by the availability of individual editions held in library collections. For my own research (and after some effort) I was fortunate to locate and physically examine all but one of Priscilla’s books held in libraries in Wellington, New Zealand. Helpfully the digitisation of many of Priscilla’s books now makes research of this kind infinitely easier for people who live in far flung parts of the world. But it is important to remember that while a digital copy can provide access to the words on a page it cannot replicate the physical experience of handling a book published over 200 years ago or the sensation of fear mixed with anticipation as you carefully open a folded map to reveal the contents.

Published in: on July 31, 2011 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  

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