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Sneaky peek at Mandy’s desk

October 1st, 2010 1 Comment

While Mandy was out at lunch Alice and I pounced on the StoryCube puzzle she’s working on because, well, because it looks gorgeous! Pencil sketches of farmyard animals, sea creatures, flowers, kittens, insects and snakes are scattered across a set of nine cubes and lie on a background of  shades of blue. The sketches cross […]

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IDEO’s The Future of the Book

September 28th, 2010 No Comments

On the fabulous The Literary Platform I came across this video Ideo have produced showing three concepts they have created around the future of the book. I love Ideo, they consistently come up with inventive and imaginative technological developments that take account of social factors and personal practices. However, I have to say, I am […]

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Tangled Threads eBook

September 24th, 2010 No Comments

Proboscis have been invited to make a film that will be presented as part of a Leonardo/MIT mobile digital exhibition curated by Jeremy Hight. The film will provide an abstracted overview of Proboscis’ themes and projects over the past few years and will be made and illustrated by Alice. However, the process of making the […]

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eBooks at Inspiring Digital Engagement Festival

September 21st, 2010 No Comments

As I wrote last week, I have been co-organising the Inspiring Digital Engagement Festival in Sheffield and I wanted to make an eBook for it to try to capture participants feelings and views around digital technologies, digital inclusion, engagement and the festival itself. Thanks to Giles, these eBooks were printed through bookleteer’s PPOD service and ready […]

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Piece of Paper Press

September 17th, 2010 No Comments

bookleteer has collaborated with writer Tony White a number of times on workshops and publications, however, I only became aware of his publishing venture – Piece of Paper Press – this week despite the fact that it’s been running for 16 years! In this time, 25 publications have been released, the latest one being Atomanotes […]

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Every Book tells a Story

September 14th, 2010 No Comments

Visual description of how bookcrossing works from www.bookcrossing.com Label. Share. Follow. That’s how bookcrossing.com describes the process of setting your book free to go out and explore the world while you follow it’s adventures, the places it goes and the people it meets from the comfort of your home. According to the Book Crossing website […]

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Library in a Box

September 10th, 2010 No Comments

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a couple of posts about libraries, librarians and what services and characteristics they might provide in the future based on the talks and discussion at Be2camp Brum 2010. To my mind,  a  library’s primary function is to lend books to people and this service of sharing books in […]

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eBooks for Evaluation and Reflection

September 7th, 2010 2 Comments

Aside from my work at Proboscis I’m currently busy organising the Inspiring Digital Engagement Festival taking place in Sheffield on 15 September 2010. As part of this event we plan to use eBooks to gather feedback from participants about the day and their feelings and experiences of it. So I have been browsing the diffusion […]

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Story Cubes and Art Works

September 3rd, 2010 No Comments

In 2008 Alec Finlay made a series of two Story Cubes. Alec is an artist, poet and publisher currently working in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Story Cubes he made were titled ‘After Ludwig Wittgenstein‘ and ‘score/fold‘ and could be made up into two cube poems. Each side of the two cubes features a single word and […]

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Words as Texture

August 23rd, 2010 1 Comment

One of my favourite sets of Story Cubes is the Pharmaceutical Cubes created by Kenneth Goldsmith in 2008. Inspired and intrigued by the extensive warnings and disclaimers that accompany advertisements of pharmaceutical drugs, he found that these documents sometimes covered 43 pages or almost 7000 words. Kenneth took six of these documents and re-formatted them […]

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Tales of Things

August 20th, 2010 2 Comments

Andy demonstrating Tales of Things at Be2Camp Brum 2010; via Meshed Media Today’s post is another presentation I heard at Be2camp Brum 2010 last week. (It was truly an inspiring and thought-provoking day!) Tales of Things was presented by Andy Hudson-Smith from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. Tales of Things explores social memory […]

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Accessible Reading

August 19th, 2010 No Comments

While bookleteer works to make publishing accessible to everyone regardless of skill, software or money, Pesky People are working to make online reading accessible to everyone. For Pesky People accessibility is about highlighting and campaigning for equal access to the internet for deaf and disabled people. Alison Smith, the founder of Pesky People spoke at […]

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Kevin Harris: eBook Treasure Hunt

August 18th, 2010 No Comments

eBook Treasure Hunt at Manningham library; via neighbourhoods.typepad.com Even though the eBook Treasure Hunt took place in 2009 I hadn’t come across it until I was looking for projects for my talk at Be2camp Brum 2010 last week. I used this project to help me explain the idea that eBooks facilitate shared making. I thought […]

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What is a librarian?

August 17th, 2010 3 Comments

The final picture of what a librarian might do if their library was taken away, as drawn by Alex Hughes via Meshed Media Continuing yesterday’s library theme, I thought I’d tell you about Nick Booth’s (from Podnosh) talk at Be2camp Brum 2010 last week. Nick asked, what could a librarian do if their libraries close […]

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Library of Birmingham at Be2Camp Brum 2010

August 16th, 2010 No Comments

Design for Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo architects Be2camp Brum 2010 was loosely themed around libraries. A new building for Birmingham Central Library (where Be2camp Brum 2010 was held) is currently under construction and due to open in 2013 and the first three presentations at Be2camp Brum were concerned with how digital technologies are being […]

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