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Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

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Volume 23, Issue 3


CD-ROM encyclopedias: Extending the Gutenberg galaxy to include computer multimedia technologies

Patryk Wasiak
Published Online: 2013-06-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-013-0135-3


The aim of this article is to discuss the “multimedia encyclopedia” genre launched in the 1980s, the era of “the multimedia revolution.” Encyclopedias of this kind were released on CD-ROM by several well-respected encyclopedia publishers and were widely discussed as an innovation which would lead to information and communication technologies extending rather than replacing the Gutenberg Galaxy. While discussing the launch of multimedia encyclopedias I aim to show how the culture of the printed word was perceived in “the information revolution” discourse of the time by relevant cultural intermediaries.

Keywords: encyclopedia; CD-ROM; multimedia, electronic book

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Published Online: 2013-06-28

Published in Print: 2013-07-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 23, Issue 3, Pages 382–392, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-013-0135-3.

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