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iStockphoto.com / Nikada The digital train has so left the station. That’s a Frankfurt railway stop, as a matter of fact. Fear and loathing, at home and abroad.
This material remains under copyright and is reproduced by kind permission of the Orwell Estate and Penguin Books . From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. I was the middle child of three, but there was a gap of five years on either side, and I barely saw my father before I was eight. For this and other reasons I was somewhat lonely, and I soon developed disagreeable mannerisms which made me unpopular throughout my schooldays. I had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued.
This week, Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger declared that the paper would go “ digital first ,” following John Paton ‘s lead and stopping a step short of his strategy at Journal Register: “digital first … print last .” My Guardian friends are getting a bit tetchy about folks trying to tell them how to fix the institution, but given that it lost £34.4m last year, I’d say the intervention is warranted and should be seen only as loving care: chicken soup for the strategy. So I will join in. My thoughts about the Guardian have something to do with my thoughts on the article . That’s a logical connection because the means of production and distribution of print are what mandated the invention of the article.
Add to that the fact that an ereader can store hundreds of books and you have a gadget that can leave even the pickiest commuter or holidaymaker spoiled for choice. With ebooks now growing in popularity, publishers are beginning to think about enhancing ebooks and even recreating books as apps for tablet computers. Gareth Malone will be speaking at Hay about his new book, Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music. In print it’s an enthusiastic guide to classical music but buy it from Apple’s iBookstore and you can get a version that’s enhanced with clips from the music being described, which makes it much easier to understand the point being made. Enhanced ebooks, says Malone, provide “the opportunity to bring all this stuff to life in a way that you could previously only do on TV”.
Rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) is a method of displaying information (generally text or images) in which the text is displayed word-by-word in a fixed focal position. Aside from a basic reading aid, RSVP is being researched as a tool to increase individual reading rates. RSVP is also being utilized for research in the fields of visual impairment, dyslexia , perceptual and cognitive psychology .
May 1, 2011 5 Comments Radio Litopia has a TERRIFIC audio interview with my friend, Seth Godin , on the future of publishing, and how his latest enterprise, The Domino Project , is attempting to embrace it.
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(illustration by Camille ) Making Future Magic Podcast #2: Tree of Codes Not long ago Margot , Camille and I sat down with Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen from Visual Editions to chat about Tree of Codes , a book they recently published, written by Jonathan Safran Foer and designed by Sara De Bondt Studio .
You’re not going to create one every week, but a timeline is a useful — and helpful — type of information graphic, and fairly common in journalism. When teaching students about timelines, here are some ideas to consider and discuss: Chronology or timeline?
It's quite amazing witnessing the rate of innovation in the publishing industry right now, much of it (it has to be said) coming from new entrants, challengers, entrepreneurs rather than incumbent organisations. Unlike many it seems, I don't subscribe to the view that the dawn of a disruptive new model or technology inevitably means the death in short measure of what was there before (what Simon Waldman called ' lazy endism '). Tim O'Reilly makes a similar point in this Forbes interview about how the interesting question about the impact of digital on publishing is not about it killing print, but rather to ask how it will change books.