The New Media Reader: "The new media field has been developing for more than 50 years. This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs-many of them now almost impossible to find-that chronicle the history and form the foundation of this still-emerging field".

I wouldn't usually mention marketing emails, but this is a well-targeted marketing email (and I like that). Check out the list of essays -- an absolute string of classics (Borges, Bush, Turing, Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Marshall McLuhan... just to start). I'll report back once it's been bought+read.