The Future of the Book
May 1, 2012
by Nick Moran
Our conspicuous (and often unnecessary) tech consumption — eReaders included — contributes to an inflating carbon footprint far beyond anything ever caused by traditional book production.
April 30, 2012
We are creating a generation of riff artists, who see their job not as creating wholly new original projects but as commenting upon cultural artifacts that already exist.
April 13, 2012
by Tom Nissley
I don’t mean to make a fetish out of printed books, and I’m not asking to burn (or delete) ebooks, or their devices. Maybe all I ask is that digital books be designed in ways that give them character, that help them live and survive individually in your mind, rather than being translated into a common, anonymous display that passes through your memory as quickly as you scroll.
March 12, 2012
by Kyo Maclear
Fowler’s bookshop, oddly, is one of the least depressing bookshops I know. He had accepted the book’s demise. He may be the only person I know who can openly say, and with a smile on his face, that the book is dead. Dead as a doornail.
January 26, 2012
The most remarkable thing about Tiny Stories is the experimental, collaborative process behind its creation and the high quality of work that’s resulted from it. This is not what one would expect from a site where anyone can upload whatever they want and everyone can remix everyone else’s work and use it to make whatever.
December 24, 2011
by C. Max Magee
For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.
November 29, 2011
by Edan Lepucki
You see, Reader, I still don’t plan on self-publishing my first novel, though I don’t deny the positive aspects of that choice.
November 8, 2011
by Edan Lepucki
Self-publishing won’t replace traditional publishing, but it might supplement and influence it.
August 15, 2011
It occurred to me that Borges would have been thrilled and horrified in equal measure by the Kindle. In fact, in a weird way, he sort of invented it.
June 21, 2011
In April 1951, when Jack Kerouac fed the first pieces of what would become a 120-foot scroll of paper into his Underwood portable to write the first draft of his novel, On the Road, he was, in one sense, blowing up the typewriter to make his own primitive homemade word processor. Sixty years later, Kerouac’s publisher is, in its own quiet way, blowing up the book to make – what, exactly?