Out of Print
How the digital revolution is killing books.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION. Official Selection, Tribeca International Film Festival, 2013
Vivienne Roumani is an independent producer/director based in New York City. She brings to Out of Print a unique perspective gained as a director at the Library of Congress and the UC Berkeley Library, where she led digitization projects. Viviennes previous documentary, The Last Jews of Libya, narrated by Isabella Rossellini, had its U.S. premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently screened at major festivals and other venues around the world as well as on the Sundance channel.
I wanted to invite more people to join the discussion. I was struck by the plethora of books and articles predicting the death of the book. Is the book really dying? If so, what did that mean? Secondly, I had been in library management at three major research libraries, and I had been directly involved with digitization. We librarians were toggling between the two worlds very wellwe felt that neither had the full exclusive benefits. Thirdly, and most importantly, I am concerned about our children and their ability or motivation to take the time to engage in deep, long text that leads to independent thinking and true knowledge.