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Bookleteer’s 10th Anniversary

October 2nd, 2019 No Comments

10 years ago, in early September 2009, Proboscis launched bookleteer and enabled a new approach to making and sharing publications. It combined a simple method for uploading content and generating booklets in our Diffusion eBook formats (originally designed and launched in 2000), as well as our StoryCubes format (originally designed in 2005). Over the past […]

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Inspired by Caribou

September 14th, 2019 No Comments

Canadian artist Joyce Majiski has published another stunning book of artworks, this time, as the eponymous title suggests, inspired by caribou (reindeer). These are the Porcupine Caribou herd – the keystone species that roams across Northern Canada and Alaska – which she has encountered several times in the Ivvavik National Park in the northern Yukon.

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A Field Guide to People Centric Practices

September 14th, 2019 No Comments

A booklet of personal reflections, by Giles Lane, on what a set of principles for working from a people-centric perspective might be. People centric practice implies not just a human centred approach, but one which encompasses the whole context in which we live and work, and impacts on other creatures and lifeforms that are part […]

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A Cabinet of Alchemical Curiosities

June 10th, 2019 No Comments

Long-time bookleteer, artist Joyce Majiski, has created a new book of postcards exchanged between herself and artist Zea Morvitz during 2014. Its an exquisitely illustrated collaboration across both time and space – Joyce lives in the Yukon, Canada, and Zea lives in Point Reyes, California. The book is part of a current exhibition of their […]

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UnBias Fairness Toolkit Handbook

September 14th, 2018 No Comments

Proboscis has been working on a research project about algorithms, bias, trust and fairness with the University of Oxford, Horizon Digital Economy Institute (University of Nottingham) and the University of Edinburgh since September 2016. Our role has been to develop a “Fairness Toolkit” intended to stimulate awareness of these issues and to provide mechanisms for […]

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Haitian Booklets

July 10th, 2018 No Comments

A recent photo from Haiti showing local people at a rural clinic holding out their personal cancer awareness notebooks as part of a cervical cancer screening programme.

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Phantom Tomes at the British Library

November 4th, 2017 No Comments

Phantom Tomes and bookleteer were among a number of projects invited to present at the British Library Labs Symposium on Monday October 30th:

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Storymaking, fictional books & reworked covers

October 12th, 2017 No Comments

I’ve just completed a personal project in collaboration with my daughter Clara – Phantom Tomes, a book of imaginary titles cunningly reworked onto Victorian book covers sourced from the British Library‘s wonderful digital collection of public domain images. The book invites its readers to elaborate on the book titles by imagining their own publisher’s “blurb” […]

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Health Awareness in Haiti

June 15th, 2017 1 Comment

Over the past couple of years Grace Tillyard has been leading a groundbreaking project to enhance breast cancer awareness in Haitian women and their communities. The project has been hosted by NGO Innovating Health International and funded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Pfizer. As part of this project, Grace has co-developed […]

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Fully Operational Again

April 28th, 2017 No Comments

With many apologies for the long disruption from being able to generate new eBooks and StoryCubes, I am hugely pleased to announce that bookleteer is fully operational once more. An unplanned server upgrade caused a cascade of problems deep in the core of the Generator, the software that does the actual hard work of taking […]

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PDF Wranglers

February 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Recently I came across Smallpdf – a web service dedicated to all things PDF. They have a range of services which simplify creating PDFs, extracting them, manipulating them and compressing them. The service is free and very fast – and a worthy companion for anyone who struggles with compressing PDF files to a small size […]

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Endings and Beginnings

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments

Last Autumn, after 3 years and much fun selecting and sending out fine publications made and shared on bookleteer, I decided to end the Periodical’s monthly service. There were a number of reasons – some practical and financial – but I felt that as a project it had achieved as much as it could in […]

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Magna Carta 800 Sets

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments

June 2015 was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta – considered by many to be the keystone to Britain’s constitutional and democracy. To celebrate and see the impact this document has had, over six months in 2015 I published a series of 6 books, each containing several texts from across the […]

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the Periodical issue 33

June 8th, 2015 No Comments

June’s issue (no. 33) contains the final book in my series celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The culmination of this series contains the three foundations on which much of Britain’s constitutional fabric rests: Henry I’s Charter of Liberties which restored many of the ancient rights from the Saxon period, which had been usurped […]

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the Periodical issue 32

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

May’s issue (no. 32) contains the penultimate book in my series celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Thomas Paine’s pamphlets Common Sense and Agrarian Justice are part of his remarkable legacy of revolutionary, communitarian ideas. Reviled in his own day, the ideas contained in these texts such as the pension and basic income are […]

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