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‘The Evolution of Books’

May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Reading an article by novelist Nick Harkaway on ‘The Evolution of Books‘, I was struck by what sounds like a very fitting description of bookleteer, particularly in the light of last year’s bookreader and QR code updates. After concocting a brilliant, Terry Pratchett inspired scenario for future book technologies to diffuse any stale printed vs […]

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‘Walking is political’

April 18th, 2012 No Comments

Let me draw your attention to a brilliantly written, striking piece which was featured in the Guardian a few weeks back. ‘Walking is political‘, by Will Self, is an edited version of his inaugural lecture as professor of contemporary thought at Brunel University, lamenting our increasing detachment from innate cognitive abilities when traversing the urban […]

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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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Read to Write

January 10th, 2012 No Comments

I wrote a few months back about the level of Narrative Immersion amongst different mediums – books, television, film, video games – championing the depth and unique experience that the written word affords. I was concentrating on the effects of these forms when using them purely for leisure, but the specific focus I’ve placed on […]

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Mind, Pen, Page

November 7th, 2011 No Comments

My last few posts have concentrated on the different effects of various mediums on readers, their output if you like, but, triggered by this eloquent article championing pen on paper featured recently in The New York Review of Books, I’ve been thinking about the effects of various methods of input on writers and their work. […]

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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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‘Sense and the City’ at the London Transport Museum

September 19th, 2011 No Comments

An enjoyable exhibition called Sense and the City is now on at the London Transport Museum, which explores new ways how our understanding, experience and perception of the city is continually re-shaped by the rapid changes occurring in technology and IT. The same categories of space and time are radically put into question as the […]

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