According to Bolter, “the late age of print” refers to “a transformation of our social and cultural attitudes toward, and uses of, this familiar technology. Just as late capitalism is still vigorous capitalism, so books and other printed materials in the late age of print are still common and enjoy considerable prestige” (p. 3). In other words, “the late age of print” draws attention to the enduring ways in which books shape habits of thought, conduct, and expression–even in a supposedly “digital age.” At the same time, the phrase points to how other media, shifting forms of industrial organization, changing patterns of work and leisure, new laws governing the use of media artifacts, and a host of other factors all have affected the role books play in societies today.
The question in the era now is whether “This will replace that.” But in fact, just that question defines this era. That is the main characteristic of the ‘late age of print’ or the current generation (Bolter 3). It is remediation that keeps technology up to date. However, I think most people would agree that there is no feeling like a book in your hands, the smell of the pages, and the art that goes with it.