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Entries from December 22nd, 2010

Idea Store and bookleteer

December 22nd, 2010 No Comments

I chose to visit the Idea Store in East London’s Chrisp Street Market and was quite surprised by how modern it looked inside – it was brightly lit with large open spaces, laptop benches, lots of seating areas, and visitors of all ages. Working areas, books, computers, ‘chill out areas’, and learning labs (rooms hired […]

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Zine Highlight: Who ate all the pies?

December 20th, 2010 No Comments

“Who ate all the pies?” is an A5 illustrated zine by Mark Long, detailing some of the more amusing chants sang by football supporters in the UK. Though composed entirely with a red and blue palette, hes still managed to create depth with shading and contrast, and I love the multitude of faces – the […]

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First day at Soho Parish Primary School

December 15th, 2010 No Comments

When I heard I was going to be working on creative projects that combine art and publishing with year 5 and 6’s in a primary school is Soho, I was definitely excited about working with children on a project that sounded different, creative, and fun (both for the kids and adults involved!) However, hearing that […]

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City As Material: Sonic Geographies

December 14th, 2010 1 Comment

Our final Pitch In & Publish: City As Material event, Sonic Geographies, was held last Friday. A shortage of participants (probably due to the icy weather and weekday timing) meant that myself and Giles were alone in our wander though London, resulting in a slightly different walk then usual. Equipped with Audioboo, we set off […]

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Diffusion Archive Highlight: Bird Song By Melissa Bliss

December 9th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve just noticed a handful of eBooks and Storycubes in the Diffusion Archive that relate to songs and sound, particularly relevant with our last Pitch In & Publish: City As Material event – “Sonic Geographies”, being held this Friday (which you can book a place for here). Bird Song was created to accompany a sound […]

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December 7th, 2010 No Comments

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know I was a tad disappointed by the apparent shortage of literature and poetry zines. Thanks to the Zines page on Facebook, I’ve just found SNAP zine, an international short story and literature zine, complete with illustrations and photographs to accompany the text (and a […]

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City As Material: Underside

November 30th, 2010 1 Comment

Our fourth Pitch In & Publish: City As Material event was held last Friday, around the theme of “Underside”. Participating was our special guest, Alexandra Deschamps – Sonsino, alongside Giles Lane, Mandy Tang, Radhika Patel and myself. We met at Poppies Diner in Whitechapel, a cafe decked out in Americana, quotes from Hollywood films adorning […]

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Archive Highlight -Tales Of Things: Objects, Stories & Voices from the BME Communities in Greenwich

November 29th, 2010 1 Comment

This Highlight isn’t actually in the Diffusion archive, as it was created via the bookleteer PPOD service, but I thought it’s a great example of another eBook accompanying an exhibition, similar to the one made for Cosmo China. “Tales of Things: Objects, Stories & Voices from the BME Communities in Greenwich” was created alongside an […]

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The Amplified Author at Crouch End Unlibrary

November 24th, 2010 1 Comment

Yesterday I took part in if:book‘s Amplified Author event at the Crouch End Unlibrary, giving a series of short workshops about bookleteer and print on demand alongside Anna Lewis of Completely Novel. Anna and I introduced 4 groups of people (many local writers) to the opportunities and limitations of print on demand systems (including our […]

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Zine Highlight: All My Bikes

November 24th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve just stumbled across “All My Bikes” by Chris Piascik, an illustrated zine showcasing every bike he’s ever owned. It’s a full colour, 28-page zine, and the quality of printing looks fantastic. The bikes are surrounded, and entwined with, associated words in varying fonts and colours; its not hard to see the effort and affection […]

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Diffusion Archive Highlight: Cosmo China 20th Anniversary Exhibition

November 19th, 2010 1 Comment

This was created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cosmo China, a handpainted ceramic studio and shop in Bloomsbury, London. To celebrate, Cosmo held a special exhibition of 20 plates painted by their artists (and a few special guests) for the occasion, which are showcased in the eBook. Each page is devoted to one of […]

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eBook Observer – It’s all about the data

November 16th, 2010 No Comments

I know that I last promised an update on my examination of the eNotebooks, but I’ve found it necessary to take a bit of a detour before doing this which means reevaluating the kind of frameworks that are required. In the meantime, I’ve been taking stock of some potentially relevant work. Last April, I read […]


City As Material: Skyline

November 15th, 2010 1 Comment

Last Friday we held our third Pitch In & Publish: City As Material event; the topic -“Skyline”. Taking part was our special guest, Simon Pope, as well as Giles Lane, Martin Fidler, Katharine Willis, plus our new addition to the Proboscis team, Radhika Patel, and myself. Meeting at Leadenhall Market, we listened as Simon explained […]

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Christmas Printing Deadlines

November 13th, 2010 1 Comment

If you’re planning to print some eBooks or StoryCubes in time for Christmas, here are our last printing dates : eBooks UK orders : 6th December (3pm GMT) International orders : 1st December (3pm GMT) StoryCubes All orders : 1st December (3pm GMT) Some Christmas Ideas StoryCubes and eBooks can make great gifts – why […]

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Zine Review: Another Way by Ryan Todd

November 11th, 2010 No Comments

“Another Way” by Ryan Todd (courtesy of the Zines page on Facebook), is a handstitched illustrated zine, each page with a comical visual pun that is subtly different from the expected norm. It’s super minimalist, and doesn’t seem to have any cover or accompanying text (aside from the back cover credits), which makes these charming, […]

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