The Future of the Book

January 27, 2015

A Future for Books Online: Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club 1


It’s the kind of community that forces me to talk sappily about the power of the web, how people thousands of miles apart can find each other and build friendships based on a single book.

April 21, 2014

The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions 7


This old, sad debate talks about print and digital books as if they weren’t two sides of the same coin. Worry about book sales dropping more broadly, and start to think about the real ways that digital can reshape books.

April 9, 2014

Appetite for Risk: At the Intersection of Video Games and Literature 18


The literary world and the video games world could greatly benefit each other. Even a conversation, let alone the beginning of real collaborations and dialogues, would help each contend with their respective shortcomings.

February 4, 2014

Oh, The Favorites You’ll Give: Literary Twitter’s Best Tweets 8


To present literary Twitter in its best possible light, we are returning again to those most widely followed on literary Twitter, but this time, looking at which Tweets got the most favorites, we are highlighting literary Twitter’s best tweets.

December 24, 2013

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners 4


For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.

November 11, 2013

Call Me Twitterer: Literary Twitter’s First Tweets 5


Twitter appears to be here to stay, for a while anyway. And it will remain a pastime for writers looking for book news, inspiration, distraction, literary puns, and every other thing they might want. But it wasn’t always that way. In the not too distant past, the literary lights of Twitter pecked out their first 140 characters and waited to see what Twitter would bring.

October 8, 2013

Two Years After Timeline: Facebook and The Neverending Story 4


It’s been just over two years since Facebook first replaced walls with timelines, and the anniversary begs reflection. Might it truly be Facebook, and not the e-book, that threatens the paperback?

August 26, 2013

My Latest Article is a PDF 7


From the moment I read about alt lit and cracked open a few PDFs, I wanted to create one. My latest article is a PDF. A congealed bit of technology, something we’re trying while we wait for literature’s savior format, not an app, not a Kindle download, but some new form yet to be discovered.

July 12, 2013

The Apple Antitrust Case and the Widgetification of Books 10


It is easy to see the Apple antitrust suit as merely a clash between multi-billion-dollar corporations, but at heart the case asks a fundamental societal question: what, legally speaking, is art?

June 21, 2013

Under All This Noise: On Reclusion, Writing, and Social Media 25


The impulse — now an industry — to spread good news about oneself far and wide has become soul-crushing. It makes me want to retreat into the garage with my outmoded books and unfinished manuscripts. I’ve come to see social media as a skill like anything else. I’m a mediocre interior decorator also. Nor can I cook, change the oil, or dance.