Where is all the Hypertext Fiction in this Digital Age?

*** The following hypertext essay was written in partial completion of the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology degree at the University of Alberta, Canada. © 2013 Nicole Basaraba The navigation menu for this essay can be found at the bottom of each section. In hypertext fashion, it can be followed in any order desired, however, there is a suggested order included as labelled by numbers. *** Where is…

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Remediating the book metaphor – what makes a book, a book?

Publishers and writers have had the same definition of a book for thousands of years, since Ancient Greece: “The words ‘biblios’ or ‘byblos’ are translatable as either ‘papyrus’ the material, or as the object consisting of papyrus on which it is placed. The common translation “book” is misleading” (Havelock, 2011, p. 41). The word “book” meant the collection of papyrus and so how can we define an e-book when there is…

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The Publishing Revolution of the Digital Age

When Gutenberg invented the printing press, there was a publishing revolution in the Industrial Age. There were changes in the format of books: from handwritten to machine printed; changes in distribution: as a much greater number of copies were available to the public; and changes in publishing: where multiple newspapers and pulp fiction magazines were founded. Now in the Digital Age, especially within the last few years, the publishing industry has been…

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Words in 3D: A conference on writing, editing & publishing

This weekend, May 24-26 talented writers, editors and publishers all convened in Edmonton for the Words in 3D Conference and so far it is the conference to beat for me. I was impressed to say the least. Saturday’s keynote address by Rosemary Shipton, editor of trade and scholarly books, got to the heart of the three dimensions and how they all work together to create the books and e-books everyone…

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The fate of books…or should I say ebooks?

Yesterday, on the metro ride home from work, I saw two people one standing in front of me and one beside me and both were reading a physical book. This made me smile. I have tried reading a book on a Kindle app for my computer. I thought that it was an easy and cheap way to try it out. It took me at least three times longer to read…

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