Post-Artifact Books and Publishing — by Craig Mod. — Craig Mod, June 2011 "Roger Bacon held that three classes of substance were capable of magic: the herbal, the mineral, and the verbal.
With their leaves of fiber, their inks of copperas and soot, and their words, books are an amalgam of the three. " — Matthew Battles, Library: An Unquiet History1 What is a book, anymore, anyway? 2 We will always debate: the quality of the paper, the pixel density of the display; the cloth used on covers, the interface for highlighting; location by page, location by paragraph. Stop there.3 Hunting surface analogs between the printed and the digital book is a dangerous honeypot.
In reality, the book worth considering consists only of relationships. The future book — the digital book — is no longer an immutable brick. The book of the past reveals its individual experience uniquely. For those of us looking to shape the future of books and publishing, where do we begin? The way books are written has changed. We have an opportunity now to shape these systems. 1. The Future of the Book.
Nimble Report A Razorfish report on publishing in the digital age.