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  • Book Was There is a space to reflect on the changing nature of reading through an understanding of its past. It is both a prelude and sequel to the new book by that title now out with University of Chicago Press. The author of Book Was There, Andrew Piper, is a professor of …

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“There is a physicality in reading.”

Here is a mash-up of recent piece in Scientific American on the differences between reading screens and paper alongside quotes from my book. The similarities are striking and of course rewarding. I just wish it would get cited a little more. “We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned …

Reading’s Design

One of the nicest books I received in the mail recently was The Association of American University Presses’ catalogue to the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2013). It’s a gorgeous reminder of the creativity of book designers, not to mention the vibrancy of academic publishing. Book design is one of …

The Language of Quantity

I have been writing a new piece about using computational modeling to study the legacy of Augustinian conversion in the modern novel. …

Reading’s Feelings

In a recent article in Slate magazine, I argued that the kind of reading we do with books is significantly different from …

Reading us reading wikipedia

A really interesting new report released by wikipedia on usage statistics of its pages (over 29 million in English). And what do …

Bookish now means a computer

Three major publishers have joined together to create a new reading recommendation engine called “Bookish.” The site allows you to find books …

The Sparsity of Poetry

As part of my new work with computational reading, I’ve begun creating a library of network tables for different authors’ corpuses. I’m …

The Book and the Index Card

A fantastic piece in The New Yorker on a new publishing initiative called Inkling to make books more web-friendly by dividing them …