What’s happening in the world of digital publishing? We read conflicting news that ebook sales are diminshing, or print sales are increasing. Will the one outperform the other? Does it matter? What’s clear is that digital publishing is an evolving and exciting environment. In this post we read how Craig Mod, extraordinary thinker and writer, reflects on his reading habits. We look at an exciting new technology that enable us to literally bend digital books, and we read The New York Times‘ advice on picking a digital format.
Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next?
Craig Mod is a writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Message, among others. This year, he published his first essay collection in Japanese. He lives in New York City and Tokyo. I’ve been following his writing and work since he first impressed me as a Web Directions speaker nearly 10 years ago.
A flexible phone
This flexible phone lets you flip through digital books. If like me you’ve enjoyed flipping through comic books, this way of reading might appeal: you can feel the sensation of the ‘page’ flipping through your fingers.
Picking a digital format
What is the best format for your publication? I’m often asked this question by authors and by organisations that want to make their publications as widely available as possible. The New York Times has published a short digest that helps you make that decision.
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