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New Directions for e-Reading


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What kind of books does the 21st century invite? and on what platforms shall we read them? how does e-reading change our reading habits? and how do publishing houses monitor their readers' reading habits? and, finally, how will the interaction with literature (and hardware) that reads us provide us with new kinds of literature?
Thoughts, stats and speculations about "bound printed nonstreaming artifacts" and those read from screens.

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New Directions for e-Reading

  1. 1. New Directions for e-ReadingThoughts, Stats and SpeculationsNewMedia SalonThoughts, Stats andSpeculationsNew Media SalonApril 2013
  2. 2. e-Reading Today1. SerialCell phone novels areongoing serial literaturegenerally written in shortchapters totaling up toaround 100-200 wordsper chapter.Cell phone novels reachedone million books in 2007.Cell phone novels are theheralders of genre fictionIllustration from The New Yorker “I <3 Novels” by Dana Goodyear (Dec. 2008)
  3. 3. e-Reading Today2. CollaborativeBook of Comments?“At any moment thereader is ready to turninto a writer. ”Benjamin, “Work of Art inThe Age of MechanicalReproduction”)A tablet displays "The All-Comments Magazine“New Yorker . Cartoon by Roz Chast
  4. 4. e-Reading Today3. InteractiveThe app AR News uses augmented reality to promotecertain stories published in the print edition of TokyoShimbun. Kids can scan selected articles with an iPhoneand the app will show them a “kid-friendly version”
  5. 5. e-Reading Today4. AugmentedBetween Page and Screen an Augmented Reality Bookof Poems.“Reinventing visual poetry, doing so by displayinghieroglyphs that humans can read only through theeyes of robots”
  6. 6. e-Reading Today5. Updating/ Post-PostmodernEmoji Dick -crowd sourced and crowdfunded translation of Herman MelvillesMoby Dick into Japanese emoticonscalled emoji.Dead SULs - Gogol in the Age of Google-An exploration of identity in the Internetera: Dead SULs considers the meaning ofour constantly logged-on lives.
  7. 7. Cette versatilité systématique....Ellema valu la réputation dêtre unesorte dordinateur, unemachine à produiredes textes.(Le Figaro, Dec 1978)Georges Perec / Notes sur ce que je cherche
  8. 8. We Know What You Read Last SummerFor centuries, reading has largely been a solitary andprivate act, an intimate exchange between the readerand the words on the page. But the rise of digital bookshas prompted a profound shift in the way weread, transforming the activity into somethingmeasurable and quasi-public“Your E-Book Is ReadingYou” Alexandra Alter(WSJ, July 2012)
  9. 9. We Know What You Read Last SummerThe rise of digital books has prompted a profound shiftin the way we read, transforming the activity intosomething measurable and quasi-publicScience-fiction, romance and crime-fiction fans oftenread more books more quickly than readers of literaryfiction, according to Nook datae-readers turn novels into a "continuous scroll”
  10. 10. We Know What You Read Last SummerReaders took anaverage of 20hours to finishGeorge R. R.Martins 1,040-page novel ADance withDragons,according to E-reading serviceKobo
  11. 11. We Know What You Read Last Summer17,784 readers highlighted the sentenceBecause sometimes things happen to peopleand they are not equipped to deal with them.The most highlighted passage on Kindle is fromCatching Fire, the second book of The HungerGames series17,784 readers highlighted the sentence Becausesometimes things happen to people and they are notequipped to deal with them.‘The most highlighted passage on Kindle is fromCatching Fire, the second book of The HungerGames series
  12. 12. We Know What You Read Last SummerThe digital reading platformCopia recently launched asubscription service that willprovide for publishers the age, gender and schoolaffiliation of people whobought particular titles, aswell as how many times thebooks weredownloaded, opened and read.
  13. 13. Kenneth Goldsmith-
  14. 14. Kenneth Goldsmith“Kenneth Goldsmith is perhaps best known for hiswork Day, in which he transcribed every word of amundane day’s issue of the New York Times into a nine-hundred-page book. For his work “The Day,” he did thesame exact task to the New York Times of September11, 2001. Hence, even the innocuous news reports andweather are loaded with fact, fear, and emotion, makingus aware that language is neversimply an innocent carrier ofmeaning but is wildly variabledepending upon context andframing.”Poetry (July/August 2009).
  15. 15. Kenneth Goldsmithe2 the new york times, tuesday, september 11, 2001ARTS ABROADContinued From First Arts PageOn Islam, Mr. Houellebecq went still further, deriding his estrangedmother for converting to Islam and proclaiming that, while all monotheisticreligions were “cretinous,” “the most stupid religion is Islam.” And he added:“When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible isSexual tourismand inflammatoryremarks aboutPalestinians.very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent.” Andlater, noting that “Islam is a dangerous religion,” he said it was condemned todisappear, not only because God does not exist but also because it was beingundermined by capitalism.Islam
  16. 16. Automatic WritingBjork/ Bachelorette music video by Michel Gondry
  17. 17. Automatic Writingliterature based on mapping, connecting andrevealing of places and themes
  18. 18. Internet of You – Stats about YouTracking and decoding data about the self-
  19. 19. Internet of You – Stats about YouQuantified Self – data aggregated, visualized, boundcreating narcissistic, personalized narratives?
  20. 20. Decoded Dream Reconstructed in VideoResearchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal HiddenDreamscape (see video)
  21. 21. Decoded Dream Reconstructed in VideoTime series of visual dream contents decoded frombrain activity in higher visual cortex during sleep(two dream samples) .The movie displays superimposed stimulus images of18 different semantic categories used for decodertraining. The contrasts were modulated according tothe decoder outputs (continuous "scores") for eachcategory at each time point.The images for each category were randomly pickedfrom the stimulus image set collected from webdatabases. The tag cloud illustrates the names of thecategories.
  22. 22. AI - writing/ reading and predictingbased on online presence“Be Right Back” - Black Mirror. Season 2 Episode 1
  23. 23. Does Writing Have a Future?• "A book is [...] an intermediate stage on theway from the forest into the land of artificialintelligences... One might say, then, that theinformatic revolution would save more thanforests, it would save us from the danger ofbeing inundated with paper"• Vilem Flusser, Does Writing Have a Future?
  24. 24. The End?