Constance Ledoux Book's "Digital Television: DTV and the Consumer"
is now available from Blackwell Publishing (formerly Iowa State
University Press). The 286-page book is part of Blackwell's Media
and Technology Series, edited by Alan Albarran of the University
of North Texas. Other books in the series include "Managing
Media Convergence," "Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues
for Online Media Professionals," "Reporting and Producing
for Digital Media" and "Online Privacy."
clearly defines digital television and the development of this exciting
new form of video information and entertainment in the opening chapters
and addresses the role of the public interest with the emergence
of digital television," Albarran writes in the foreword to
"Digital Television." "But this is more than a book
that examines the history, development and usage of digital television.
The author also covers many important issues that intersect with
the growth of digital television: the impact on cable television,
the integration of a personal computer/television reception device
and the effect on public broadcasting."
Book, an associate
professor in the School of Communications, based a great deal of
"Digital Television" on her research studies analyzing
the adoption and utilization of digital television. She is one of
the few scholars to examine DTV behaviors among audiences. Her studies
have been awarded first place five out of the past six years in
the Broadcast Education Association's annual competition.
work is at a fascinating intersection," said Paul Parsons,
dean of Elon's School of Communications. "Books are among the
oldest forms of communication and digital television is one of the
newest communication technologies. It's exciting for a dean to see
faculty members engaged in innovative scholarship that reaches audiences
and libraries in the permanent form of a book."
to reflecting a symbiosis of digital television history and Book's
research, the text includes a series of "innovator essays," short
excerpts written by key broadcast industry people who have had some
influence in the development or impact of digital television. Among
the innovators is Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive officer
of Capitol Broadcasting, a pioneering broadcast business based in
as a consultant in digital television and cable communications,
policy and regulation and has been lead researcher on cable television
and other technology in numerous municipalities including Detroit,
Denver, Milwaukee, Seattle, St. Paul and Montgomery County, Maryland.