chapter  7
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What does reading look like in the contemporary moment? This question still intrigues us as the research project we began in late 2004 draws to a close. During the intervening years, we have witnessed the proliferation of digital alternatives to the codex format of the book and the introduction of mobile devices upon which to read them. These technological innovations

have engendered new ways of promoting reading and changed the experience of reading itself. In previous chapters, we considered the ideological, symbolic, and cultural foundations of contemporary shared reading practice. However, we have left our discussion about the aesthetic aspects of the book and readers’ relationships with books as material objects as a fitting way to conclude our exploration of MREs in the twenty-first century.