The Future of the Book

July 12, 2013

The Apple Antitrust Case and the Widgetification of Books 10

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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

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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.

December 24, 2012

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

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

May 1, 2012

Are eReaders Really Green? 75

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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

The Bathrobe Era: What the Death of Print Newspapers Means for Writers 22

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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

Confessions of a Reluctant Fetishist: Keep Books Adulterated 8

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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

The Beautiful Afterlife of Dead Books 12

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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

Frankenstein’s Crowdsourced Monster: hitRECord’s Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 1

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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

A Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners 3

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

November 29, 2011

Reasons Not to Self-Publish in 2011-2012: A List 172

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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.