oa Alternation - Introduction

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Humanities Computing is a new discipline unfamiliar (and even inimical) to the South African literary community. For instance, while welcoming delegates to the 2000 ICLA conference in Pretoria, Nadine Gordimer scoffed at the notion of e-publishing as a solution to this country's bookless communities by citing notable e-book failures, such as Stephen King's experimental The Plant (2000). King suspended his online e-serial after five installments when it turned out that less than half his readers had paid their $1.00 per episode download subscriptions. Gordimer's solution to illiteracy was more libraries in townships, filled with tangible printed books.

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