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Literature at the Human‐Computer Seam

Michael D. Levi


This paper contrasts reading from paper to reading from computer screens, and draws conclusions concerning the characteristics of books and computers as vehicles for publishing works of literature. Using human-computer interaction (HCI) research as a point of departure, the paper analyses the perceptual, ontological, and residual differences between the two media, discussing their substantively different capabilities and constraints. By doing so the author lays the groundwork for further discussion between computer technologists and literary scholars.