"The Death of the Book"

News result-page descriptions returned by the Google search engine for the exact phrase "the death of the book" continues "The Death of the Book"; recontextualised using the Kübler-Ross model*, motifs of grief transform these descriptions, or ‘snippets’, into a chronologised archive of epitaphs—the search engine becomes an electronic book of condolences, perpetually auto-inscribing 'itself' with epitaphs it has doubtless co-initiated.

*Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance as five primary-transitory stages in the grieving process; it is these stages that permit a recontextualisation of seemingly discharged comment into epitaphic memory.

"The Death of the Book", as of 24th May 2011, automatically archives, albeit sporadically, epitaphs from Twitter (http://twitter.com/deathofthe_book).

This is a perpetual installation & bookwork from the poet Paul Robinson

February 22, 2012 at 7:50pm
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But from the perspective of people without the technical knowledge to see of yet another doom-monger proclaiming the death of the book as we know it.

February 15, 2012 at 4:02pm
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It’s easy to forget that the world wide web as we know it today evolved from of yet another doom-monger proclaiming the death of the book as we know it.

December 31, 2011 at 8:32am
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The death of the book…just gave away our entire fiction section thanks to Kindle RT @licckettoprcc2

December 25, 2011 at 1:00pm
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That the world is dominated by shitty $4.99 trade paper back, romance novels is sad… You are responsible for t… http://t.co/PzFV3cW2

December 24, 2011 at 9:13am
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I lament the death of the book store. RT @jesst42

December 23, 2011 at 2:20am
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Even in the NLI Heaney bequest, the death of the book/writing recurs. http://t.co/dJpdjPot #ArsMoriendiInPerpetuity #Seriously? RT…

December 21, 2011 at 12:29pm
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RT @lizziespeller: The death of the book greatly exaggerated judging by @waterciren on a cold, wet midweek day. … http://t.co/kc5yQYG0

December 20, 2011 at 9:35am
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RT @lizziespeller: The death of the book greatly exaggerated judging by @waterciren on a cold, wet midweek day. Volumes flying off the…

December 19, 2011 at 7:13pm
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THE death of the book retail industry has been loudly proclaimed, but Maroondah shoppers aren’t listening. Mark Elliott, owner of Collins Bookshop in…

11:17am
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Robb Cadigan said that the “dinosaur of traditional publishing is going away.” However, Cadigan said, “the death of the book is wrong.

December 18, 2011 at 12:45pm
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Imagine:Books - The Last Chapter? http://t.co/Ptf7Qn7W. Especially like quote about the death of the book: “like… http://t.co/uVdZDrHY

11:32am
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The world is dematerialising. I’m not especially worried, in principle. Mourning the death of the book as an object built from ink and paper seems to me to…

December 17, 2011 at 10:51pm
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Despite the development of e-readers and iPads, Donna says they just provide another format to enjoy books, rather than signaling the death of the book.

2:20am
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RT @benonix: And the more people bang on about the death of the book, the more I want to build a great library. I like books, not texts RT…

December 16, 2011 at 11:05pm
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We, who may be witnessing and participating in the death of the book as an object, are in no position to patronise these medieval readers who adored their…