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(h)APPy Books

A really interesting piece at Publishers Weekly on a new (and successful) electronic literature publishing group, Electric Literature. One of the most interesting things about the piece is the founders’ emphasis on apps over books.  As they write: We think of every iPad and iPhone screen like a dorm-room wall, …

Of Note

There is a really nice cluster of contributions over at Media Commons on, “Notes, Lists and Everyday Inscriptions,” for which I also provided a piece.  The list of contributors is fantastic and I was really grateful for the initiative on the part of the cluster’s curator, Shannon Mattern (who has …

And the winner is: Book!

A new, albeit rather limited, study on reading speeds using different platforms (iPad, Kindle, PC, Book).  The book won.  This means users read most quickly with a book, which I guess is good (is it?). It actually confirms something I’ve been thinking recently which is that books are really good …

Social Reading

I just returned (via the metro) from a panel my research group put together called, “Socializing in Print,” for this year’s NEMLA, which took place here in Montreal (thus the metro ride home).  The idea behind the panel, as for our group more generally, was to try to understand the …

Lost and Found

A great story in The New York Times (from the AP) on the recent “discovery” of 22 million missing emails from the Bush administration.  22 million.  Oh, yeah, here they are. The story of course fits in nicely with the larger narrative of the fragility of digital records (not to …

Distressed Paper

Returned from a trip to New York City for a conference.  I was stunned by the beauty of the work of Paul Sietsema on display at MOMA.  It engages with the history of the printed word through manipulating and recording formats like travelogues, manuals, and catalogues.  His imagery is remarkably …