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‘According To The Artists’ / ‘Talking Art’

February 8th, 2012 No Comments

Before the New Year, we published the first series of Material Conditions, a set of eight eBooks asking professional creative practitioners to reflect on what the material conditions for their own practice are, especially now in relation to the climate of change and uncertainty brought about by the recession and public sector cuts. Since then, […]

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Jonathan Franzen vs The ebook

February 1st, 2012 No Comments

On Monday, the Guardian published an article in which the novelist Jonathan Franzen condemned ebooks, warning that they have a negative effect on literature, and may actually be damaging to society. Whilst I’m inclined to agree with his statements about the nature of physical books, that they are permanent and reassuring tangible objects – monuments […]

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Poetry & short story pamphlets with bookleteer

January 26th, 2012 No Comments

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about bookleteer’s role in creating poetry pamphlets and short story collections, and the lack of much of either from budding bookleteers. It’s boggling – they suit the format perfectly as portable, pocket sized A6 books, or the grander A5 size, and can be made very quickly without any design […]

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In the Margins

January 19th, 2012 No Comments

This recent article from the Guardian Books blog, ponders whether or not it’s acceptable to make notes in the margins of books. Reading it, I was reminded of how annotating draft bookleteer eBooks during the editing and proofing stages of Material Conditions was an invaluable part of the process. We were able to quickly transform the […]

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Material Conditions, Series 1 – Epilogue

December 16th, 2011 1 Comment

Yesterday, Proboscis launched the first series of Material Conditions, a set of eight eBooks created with bookleteer, asking professional creative practitioners to reflect on what the material conditions for their own practice are, especially now in relation to the climate of change and uncertainty brought about by the recession and public sector cuts – part […]

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Material Conditions – Launching 15/12/11

December 9th, 2011 No Comments

On December 15th we are launching a new series of eBook commissions called Material Conditions. This series asks professional creative practitioners to reflect on what the material conditions for their own practice are, especially now in relation to the climate of change and uncertainty brought about by the recession and public sector cuts. The contributors […]

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Project 18

November 18th, 2011 No Comments

Project 18, a collaboration between Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service and MAP, looked at what it’s like to be 18 now, and what it was like to be 18 in the past. This eBook, uploaded earlier this week to Diffusion, is a collection of stories gathered by young people from some of the older participants […]

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Agencies of Engagement – A creative thinking and doing tool

November 16th, 2011 No Comments

In April 2011, Proboscis began a collaboration with the Centre for Applied Research in Education Technologies (CARET) and Crucible at the University of Cambridge, on a research project exploring the nature of groups and group behaviours within the context of the university’s communities and the design of software platforms for collaboration. Our output of this […]

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Publish & Print On Demand – October’s eBooks

November 9th, 2011 1 Comment

October saw a combo of eBooks created with bookleteer and printed using our Short Run Printing Service – ‘Picnic: Order, Ambiguity and Community’ and ‘Sites and Strategies’. ‘Picnic: Order, Ambiguity and Community’ by Kevin Harris, an author and community development commentator, and Gemma Orton, an artist, is an illustrated essay focusing on the relationship between […]

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Narrative Immersion

October 27th, 2011 1 Comment

I focused on how technology can enhance and change our engagement with narratives in a previous post, so I’m going to step back and look at the highly immersive nature of text-based books as a medium. After recently finishing a book and scanning my shelves for my next literary foray, my eyes settled on a […]

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Shuffling Narrative

October 20th, 2011 1 Comment

After my previous post speculating on the ways touchscreen devices will change the way readers engage with books and other texts in the future, I recalled an interesting example in the present. The iPhone and iPad ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad‘ e-book app provides an option to re-order the hectic, backwards and forth narrative […]

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“A Magazine Is An iPad That Does Not Work”

October 18th, 2011 1 Comment

Yesterday I watched a video on YouTube of a child attempting to manipulate a magazine as if it were an iPad. Eh? Bear with me. As expected, the futile motions and the child’s baffled reactions are pretty funny, but it also made me ponder once again how touchscreen devices and future developments in technology will […]

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New eBook Design!

October 12th, 2011 No Comments

After some tinkering and testing, we’ve just uploaded the new eBook back cover designs to the bookleteer server. Alongside an improved colophon layout, all eBooks generated with bookleteer now automatically create a QR code link as well as a short URL, to the online bookreader version, featured on the bottom left corner of the back […]

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Book-Making Workshop at New Cross People’s Library – 10th September

September 7th, 2011 No Comments

This Saturday, the 10th of September, we’ll be running a book-making workshop at the New Cross People’s Library, now reopened after its closure by the council in May, and currently staffed by local volunteers, aided by Bold Vision. We’re asking participants to bring lists and photos of their favourite books, to create a set of […]

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Diffusion Archive Highlight – City As Material: An Overview

August 3rd, 2011 No Comments

A document of the five City As Material events we ran in London last year, this eBook collects the blog posts penned after each event, a selection of photographs taken, as well as an introduction to the project and our motives for undertaking it. Created in place of an individual eBook for Sonic Geographies, due […]

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