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A professional book critic in praise of Amazon reader reviews.
"I’m especially intrigued by reader reviews written by people unfamiliar with the vocabulary of literary criticism. They aim to describe experiences that most of us recognize but that can be hard to articulate, and they have to make up the language for it as they go along." This is a great article on the various assets of reader-reviews, and where they set on the spectrum of criticism.
books  writing  reviews  criticism  literature  internet 
november 2016 by infovore
The Bookworm presents... TBW#02 – Stefan Goldmann – Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound
How have I only just heard of this? A topic I've thought about a lot before. Must get around to this at some point.
presets  synthesizers  music  electronic  books  writing 
june 2016 by infovore
Frog and Toad and the Self: How Arnold Lobel's Books Taught Millennials to Cherish Their Individuality - The Atlantic
I loved all of these, but more than anything else, I loved Owl at Home. It's years since I've read "Tear-water Tea", but I can still remember Owl's list of sad things, and they still make me sad. But they were good books about being a person, and sometimes being quiet, and it all being OK.
frogandtoad  owl  arnoldlobel  books  children  writing 
may 2016 by infovore
ungaming : On Pilgrim in the Microworld
A great summation - and some choice quotations - from one of my favourite books about games, design, and play.
davidsudnow  games  interaction  pilgriminthemicroworld  books  quotations 
may 2016 by infovore
Nicholas Fisk obituary | Books | The Guardian
A favourite to borrow from the library as a child. And: what a life. I did not know he played guitar.
nicholasfisk  obituary  books  writing 
may 2016 by infovore
Locked Room International
Publisher and translator of locked room mysteries.
novels  crime  mysteries  books  publishing 
january 2016 by infovore
Will digital books ever replace print? – Craig Mod – Aeon
[this is good]. And it leaves me with open, not closed feelings: I'm reading so much on a screen, mainly e-ink, and mainly fiction. Do I remember it the same way as print? Do I care as much? Am I missing things? Some days, what matters is that I *am* reading, that wherever I am in the world, there are books; other days, I can't remember what I read where, because they all felt the same, all looked the same: a slab of grey plastic. Lots of thoughts. Mainly, though, that I'm glad there are books in the world.
books  ebooks  craigmod  reading  thingsarentsimple 
october 2015 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Books Received
Ooh, a good list of books from Geoff Manaugh, which has prompted me into a few Kindle purchases for upcoming holidays.
books  bldgblog  politics  culture 
august 2015 by infovore
Helen Macdonald: the six books that made me | Books | The Guardian
"Some of the best field naturalists I know grew up in working-class rural communities, skipping school like Billy Casper to practise forms of natural history that bent or broke the law: they ferreted rabbits, collected eggs, broke into quarries, kept pigeons, reared finches, climbed fences to poach for fish. Today they can still spot a linnet’s nest in a furze bush at 50 paces and possess fieldcraft skills that would put many a birder to shame. There’s little room for them in today’s culture of nature appreciation and even less so in nature writing, which tends to entrench a sense that the correct relation to the landscape is through walking and distanced looking." From the section on 'Landscape and Englishness', which sounds excellent.
books  nature  society  outdoors  class 
january 2015 by infovore
2014 reads | the m john harrison blog
Mike Harrison on the books he read this year, which is as good a recommendation list as any.
books  reading  2014  mjohnharrison 
december 2014 by infovore
9 Things You Need To Write A Novel | tobylitt
This is a good list, from Toby Litt, and clearly one earned many times through fire.
books  writing  process  discipline 
november 2014 by infovore
Metacademy - Level-Up Your Machine Learning
Some useful reference points in here - bookmarking for when I actually have time to reutrn to it.
books  machinelearning  computing 
august 2014 by infovore
How To Tell If You Are In A Jorge Luis Borges Story?
"You are in a library that may not exist. You are having a terrible time." And so forth.
books  borges 
july 2014 by infovore
Review: Tom Phillips’s ‘A Humument’ at Mass MoCA - Theater & art - The Boston Globe
"The notion that an artist’s life project, his crowning glory, should have been a sort of side project, something done in the margins, as it were, while he was busy getting on with the real thing (whatever that was) is to be savored. It expresses an almost universal truth, and says everything about Phillips’s infatuation with whim, chance, and the vicissitudes of choice." Lovely review. Also, gosh, the second edition looks exciting.
ahumument  tomphillips  art  books  review 
august 2013 by infovore
Tom Phillips : Life's Work
"Work energises work, and I have set about filling some of those remaining frames for Version II which, in anticipation, hold blank grey sheets. Half a dozen have already appeared with more to follow as the exhibition heads to its closing in January 2014. One such revised page features Peckham mud combined with that gathered from a nearby river in Massachusetts." What a wonderful way to hang it.
tomphillips  art  books  ahumument 
august 2013 by infovore
Not a geek - Matt Gemmell
"I remember a Christmas as a boy where I was given both a bicycle and a copy of The Hobbit, and strict instructions to make immediate progress with both. [My dad and I] continue to find it very easy to choose birthday gifts for each other." Mainly linked just for this paragraph.
books  parenting  learning  writing 
july 2013 by infovore
climbers: the journal | the m john harrison blog
"Though I lost the original notebooks, I still have the journal. It stood in a complex relationship with, and served as a feeder for, the actual writing of Climbers, which went on concurrently elsewhere; also as a record of one of happiest and most productive times of my life. The pages were carefully numbered. The photographs, especially polaroids, have become faint and dark-looking at the same time, tinged with purples and greens not present in the lived scene." Beautiful documentation of work in progress.
books  climbers  mjohnharrison  process  writing 
april 2013 by infovore
Dreams of Space - Books and Ephemera: Bear in Space (1970)
"Bear in Space has an unusual premise for a children's book. It is the fictional story of a bear who shares film of his vacation to the Moon with his animal friends, but that is not the unusual part." Bear faked his trip; his photographs are clearly manipulated. The child should pick up on that, but will Bear's friends? A Russian tale of space travel from 1970.
books  authenticity  space  russia  children  bear 
february 2013 by infovore
Holy Cows | Christopher Priest, author
An excellent post by Priest on lists, and canons, and why you sometimes share your own. Also, strikingly, so much of this is the sf I have grown to love as an adult - the Le Guin, the Pohl, the Dick, and especially the Roberts. You make the list to stop it becoming sacred.
sf  books  lists  christopherpriest 
february 2013 by infovore
Creative Review - Orwell, covered up
All very beautiful, but I like "Down and Out..." best.
books  covers  designi 
january 2013 by infovore
Platforming Books — by Craig Mod
"A not-so-long time ago there were no digital books. There were no Kindles or iPads. There were self-contained objects. Objects unnetworked. The only difference now is that they're touching, they're next to one another. The content is the same. But that small act of connection brings with it a potential sea change, change we'll explore as we continue to platform books." A huge thinkbomb from Craig.
craigmod  books  publishing  apps  digital  epub 
august 2012 by infovore
Ian Bogost - 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
"My next book is even stranger than my last. It's an entire book, 65,000+ words worth, about a single-line Commodore 64 BASIC program that is inscribed in the book's title, '10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10'... Despite it's relatively simple form and structure, the program produces a surprisingly intricate maze pattern using the C64's unique PETSCII graphical characters. The book discusses many aspects of this feat from different perspectives, including the history of mazes, porting, randomness, the BASIC language, and the Commodore 64 platform. It's interspersed with short "remarks" (get it, BASIC dorks?), among them discussions of assembly, the demoscene, and a variety of ports, including one I somehow wrote to run on the Atari 2600." I would like to buy this book.
ianbogost  programming  c64  books 
july 2012 by infovore
Stet by Me: Thoughts on Editing Fiction · Meanjin
"In publishing we now talk about immersive narrative, mainly because we are tense about the future of books. People who love reading are in it for exactly that: to soak themselves in story. To forget whenever possible that there even is a story outside the book, particularly the bubble-busting story of how the book was made. As a reader, I cling to the sense that this all but transcendent experience comes directly to me from one individual imagination. The feeling I have when reading fiction—of a single mind feeding me experience and sensation—is seldom articulated but incredibly powerful. As a reader, I don’t want fiction to be a group project." But, as the article points out, the role of the editor(s) means it always is. A lovely article about books, publishing and fiction.
editing  books  publishing  fiction  writing 
may 2012 by infovore
Reading Markson Reading
David Markson left all the books he owned to New York's Strand bookshop; now, they are likely further spread. This blog collects annotations and commentary that people have found in books previously belonging to Markson. Brilliant.
books  marginalia  davidmarkson  reading  literature 
may 2012 by infovore
- How We Will Read: Clive Thompson
"That’s why I like having these little printed books, or these little files of my notes, because I can literally pull up anything I want to remember from Moby Dick, and in repeating it, remember it. Annotating becomes a way to re-encounter things I’ve read for pleasure." Which is why I have a stack of eight books on my dining table, and more to come over the years - to be read, not just hoarded.
articles  memory  reading  clivethompson  books 
april 2012 by infovore
Downloadable Classics | Hookshot Inc.
"Melville’s searing, wayward novel about obsession and the nature of evil becomes a twin-stick shooter for consoles. The twist? The playing field is 5000 miles wide, and there’s only one enemy." Christian is brilliant. (I'm pretty sure my links are full of 'Christian is brilliant' annotations)
games  books  literature  melville  christiandonlan 
march 2012 by infovore
The Millions : The Arcades Project: Martin Amis’ Guide to Classic Video Games
"As a novelist, his ludic delight in finding new ways of playing with language — new ways of narrowing the ever-descending phalanx of cliché — is palpable in every sentence. So for all its contextual aberrance, this strange and disreputable book actually makes a certain kind of warped sense. And if for some reason you happen to be looking for a guide to arcade games of the early 1980s, you could probably do a lot worse." I knew of the book already - but this is a striking look at it.
books  games  martinamis 
february 2012 by infovore
Ian Bogost - Making Books
"In my forthcoming book Alien Phenomenology, at the start of the chapter on Carpentry (my name for making things that do philosophy), I talk about the chasm between academic writing (writing to have written) and authorship (writing to have produced something worth reading). But there's another aspect to being an author, one that goes beyond writing at all: book-making. Creating the object that is a book, that will have a role in someone's life—in their hands or their purses, around their mail, in between their fingers. Now, in this age of lowest common denominator digital and POD editions, it's time to stop writing books and to start making them." I am not totally sure I buy all of Bogost's argument, but I like his points explaining the role of artefacts. However, POD is weirder than he gives it credit.
ianbogost  books  pod  making 
february 2012 by infovore
William Mayne (1928-2010): or what if the greatest* 20th-century children’s author were to present us with an intractable moral knot? | FreakyTrigger
"Mutual misunderstanding was not a new topic in fiction — or even in children’s fiction — but surely few explored it with Mayne’s insight, humour, gentle delicacy or subtlety: how children are not party to adult agendas, compromises, habits and assumptions; and of course vice versa, that in growing up adults have very often lost or set aside a valuable way of seeing the world. That there’s a thread of trust that marks the path everyone is treading, and that this thread is sometimes very fragile indeed. Can sympathetic intelligence and wisdom — wisdom precisely about such trust — sit alongside deep selfishness and a capacity to abuse? Well, yes, sometimes I think it can." Complex, thoughtful piece about William Mayne and difficult questions.
books  writing  children  williammayne  freakytrigger  morals  contradiction 
january 2012 by infovore
"I've now stopped accumulating stuff. Except books—but books are different. Books are more like a fluid than individual objects. It's not especially inconvenient to own several thousand books, whereas if you owned several thousand random possessions you'd be a local celebrity." Books as a fluid!
books  paulgraham  stuff 
december 2011 by infovore
Ursula K. Le Guin | VICE
An unexpected place for a Le Guin interview, but it's great nontheless.
ursulaleguin  books  fiction  sf  writing 
october 2011 by infovore
Tabletop: Analog Game Design | ETC-Press
"In this volume, people of diverse backgrounds -- tabletop game designers, digital game designers, and game studies academics -- talk about tabletop games, game culture, and the intersection of games with learning, theater, and other forms. Some have chosen to write about their design process, others about games they admire, others about the culture of tabletop games and their fans. The results are various and individual, but all cast some light on what is a multivarious and fascinating set of game styles."
books  games  design  boardgames 
august 2011 by infovore
Short story: Covehithe by China Miéville | Books |
Marvellous. Can't say any more - you need to read this (very) short story - but it's really, really lovely: shivers down the spine, and something heartwarming, all at once. And: set in a slightly magical part of the world.
books  chinamieville  writing  fiction  shortfiction  sf 
july 2011 by infovore
Children of Troy « Snarkmarket
"Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book." Both the letters described, and Robin's point, are beautiful.
libraries  books  learning  information  knowledge  robinsloan 
june 2011 by infovore
Making Things See: A Book for O’Reilly about the Kinect | Ideas For Dozens
"I’m excited to announce that I’ve been contracted by O’Reilly to write a book about the Microsoft Kinect. The book is tentatively titled Making Things See: Computer Vision with the Microsoft Kinect, Processing, and Arduino. My goal is to introduce users to working with the Kinect’s depth camera and skeleton tracking abilities in their own projects and also to put those abilities in the wider context of the fields of gestural interfaces, 3D scanning, computer animation, and robotics." Nice. Joining this stuff together is *hard*, and getting it into the hands of designers, rather than programmers, is very important.
kinect  processing  books  oreilly 
june 2011 by infovore
Delivereads - Curated Content for Your Kindle
"Get great articles delivered to your Kindle without any extra effort." Curated content, delivered direct to your Kindle via the email interface. Will try this for a bit: it's a really obvious opening in the space, and scope for there to be many of these.
reading  kindle  books  articles  publishing  curation 
may 2011 by infovore
Bat, Bean, Beam - A Weblog on Memory and Technology: What Do People Do All Day?
"However I am just as impressed but the extent in which Scarry’s work has in fact not dated very much at all. While the book covers an almost bafflingly broad range of occupations and includes sections on the extraction and transformation of raw materials, there is one notable omission: large-scale manufacturing. And without industry, from a Western perspective the book seems in fact almost presciently current. Some of the jobs the author describes have evolved, very few of them have all but disappeared (you can’t easily bump into a blacksmith, much less one who sells tractors); the texture of our cities has changed and those little shops have given way to larger chain stores; but by and large we still do the things that occupy Scarry’s anthropomorphic menagerie: we fix the sewers and serve the meals and cut down the trees and drive the trucks and cultivate the land and so forth. It’s almost as if Scarry made a conscious effort to draw only the jobs that could not be outsourced overseas, and had thus future-proofed the book for his domestic audience." I read this when I was very small, and loved it; fond memories, and sharp analysis
richardscarry  books  children  work  illustration  society 
april 2011 by infovore
BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » Would You Please Fucking Stop?
"I keep reading books and seeing movies where nobody can fucking say anything except fuck, unless they say shit. I mean they don’t seem to have any adjective to describe fucking except fucking even when they’re fucking fucking. And shit is what they say when they’re fucked. When shit happens, they say shit, or oh shit, or oh shit we’re fucked. The imagination involved is staggering. I mean, literally." Ursula LeGuin on obscenity, swearing, and the way it's used on contemporary media. (LeGuin is someone who, for reference, has always used language precisely and carefully; she is not a prude, just bored of a lack of imagination.)
swearing  writing  books  film  media  obscenity  ursulaleguin 
march 2011 by infovore
The History of Science Fiction
This large image (4400×2364 pixels) is completely marvellous: a genuine history, reaching back into trends from the dawn of literature, and with a healthy chunk of 19th century gothic/mystery in there. Makes me very happy, especially in terms of fond memories of books I've enjoyed.
art  books  sciencefiction  scifi  literature  history  diagram 
march 2011 by infovore
Book Review: Reality Is Broken -
"I have been an avid gamer since the advent of Pong in 1972. At their best, videogames strike me as a form of art. Like all art, they can augment outer reality and shape our inner reality—but they do this by the very nature of the fact that they are not reality but a Place Apart. Being awestruck at "Halo" does not entail awe any more than "grieving" for Cordelia entails grief. Rather, art at its most serious is a sort of exercise, a formative practice for life—like meditation, only more fun." WSJ review of Reality is Broken; negative, but acute.
games  books  review  realityisbroken  wallstreetjournal  art 
february 2011 by infovore
Rebecca Solnit's 'Infinite City' Maps SF in a Whole New Light | 7x7
“Cartography used to be both an art and a science. I wanted to return to that.” This was my present to myself, as a souvenir, from SF. Looking forward to reading it properly - especially all the areas I never had a chance to visit - and can already confirm the maps are gorgeous. But really, it's about the whole package.
books  maps  sanfrancisco  rebeccasolnit 
february 2011 by infovore
Tom Phillips: App for iPhone
"To celebrate the appearance of A Humument App on iPhone I shall shortly add a dozen or so newly revised pages." Awesome: the magically-changing book is taking shape.
books  tomphillips  magicmaterials 
february 2011 by infovore
The Millions : A Year in Marginalia: Sam Anderson
"The writing I enjoy doing most, every year, is marginalia: spontaneous bursts of pure, private response to whatever book happens to be in front of me. It’s the most intimate, complete, and honest form of criticism possible — not the big wide-angle aerial shot you get from an official review essay, but a moment-by-moment record of what a book actually feels like to the actively reading brain. Here are some snapshots, month by month, of my marginalia from 2010." Marvellous stuff from Anderson - funny, wry, hard to argue with. I am not good at marginalia, resorting to dog-earing the bottom of a page, and later, trying to remember why.
reading  books  marginalia  writing 
december 2010 by infovore
Falling out of love (Phil Gyford’s website)
"I want to love books, but if the publisher treats them merely as interchangeable units, where the details don’t matter so long as the bits, the “content”, is conveyed as cheaply as possible, then we may be falling out of love." Phil buys a new volume of Pepys, finds it's now being printed on-demand, and talks a little about the perceived quality of such books. In short: if you're not expecting it, and it's a change to the usual, it makes you feel a bit like the publisher doesn't care about it.
books  publishing  printondemand  philgyford 
december 2010 by infovore
Bookland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Bookland is a fictitious country created in the 1980s in order to reserve a Unique Country Code (UCC) prefix for EAN identifiers of published books, regardless of country of origin, so that the EAN space can catalog books by ISBN rather than maintaining a redundant parallel numbering system." Awesome. Via Kim (who else?)
metadata  standards  publishing  books  isbn  bookland 
november 2010 by infovore
On Book Guilt |
"When someone with a bad case fails to finish a book, they don’t start a new one; they go into a holding pattern, crippled by guilt over their failure and unable to let go and start over. All reading stops. People have confessed to me that it’s been months since they last picked up a book, because they still haven’t finished the last one." Yup. We really don't have to finish this book, sometimes.
jamesbridle  stml  books  reading  habit  guilt 
september 2010 by infovore
The Future of Books: why IDEO and I aren’t on the... | intercourse with biscuits
"Nelson, as described by IDEO in the video above, does so much work for you. It throws multiple perspectives into the equation, killing the unreliable narrator with the gifts of foresight and hindsight. It does away with the unexplainable appeal of a surprising hit novel giving you a league table of books to pick from according to their “impact on popular opinion and debate.” You’ll struggle to form your own opinion as you jump through the layers that Nelson offers you, given a perspective like a student browbeaten by an overbearing A-Level tutor." I similarly disliked their attempts to not only redesign the book, but to try to redesign narrative, in "Alice" - as if people hadn't tried, and as if what narrative _really_ needed was just a good design firm to take a crack at it.
ideo  books  narrative  writing  imagination 
september 2010 by infovore
Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7 - The Gameshelf
"More important: the game, Sand-dancer, is a good game. It is not the sort of example that exists to have one of everything in the manual. It is the sort of game that exists to make IF better. Aaron puts it together on your workbench. You can see the parts going in, and I don't mean rules and action constructs now; I mean character, background, voice, theme, and narrative drive. He explains what he's doing, and what each game element is for. He talks about story structure and shape of interactivity. He discusses what you have to do to get the player involved and what you have to do to put the player in control." This sounds great. Add-to-cart.
if  inform7  interactivefiction  books 
september 2010 by infovore
>TILT AT WINDMILLS: Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7: Coming August 2010
"The book assumes no prior knowledge of programming, but also doesn't treat I7 like a regular programming language: loops, for instance, are barely mentioned. In fact, Thinking in Inform 7 might have been a good title." This sounds great.
if  interactivefiction  books  programming  inform7 
july 2010 by infovore // story, games, together
"The Bones gathers writing about fandom and family—about gamers, camaraderie, and memories— and ties them together where they meet: our dice. These are essays and anecdotes about the ways dice make us crazy, about the stakes we play for and the thrill we get from not knowing what the next roll will bring."
books  dice  games  play 
july 2010 by infovore
On Bookmarking, Dog Ears and Marginalia |
"I’ve been having a lot of conversations with people recently about how they bookmark stuff. It seems to be on a lot of peoples’ minds as more and more of our reading moves onto screens. So I thought I’d share a few things, and ask for some feedback." James on bookmarking and annotation - something I'm a big fan of.
annotation  books  dogearing  marginalia 
june 2010 by infovore
Open Library Ore « The Open Library Blog
"Ben Gimpert is a friend of the Open Library. He and I got together over lunch a few months ago to talk about big data, statistical natural language processing, and extracting meaning from Open Library programmatically. His efforts are beginning to bear some really interesting fruit, and while we work out how we might be able to present it online, we thought you might be interested to hear what he’s been up to." Answer: good things. Ben is awesome, and this work sounds great. (I can't quote a suitable passage, so George's intro will have to do).
bengimpert  openlibrary  data  bigdata  books  categorisation  textextraction 
april 2010 by infovore
What Publishers Today Can Learn from Allen Lane: Fearlessness
"The book — by which I mean long-form text, in any format — is not a physical thing, but a temporal one. Its primary definition, its signal quality, is the time we take to read it, and the time before it and the time after it that are also intrinsic parts of the experience: the reading of reviews and the discussions with our friends, the paths that lead us to it and away from it (to other books) and around it." James, as ever, is very, very sharp. This is good.
books  publishing  time  temporality  jamesbridle  stml 
april 2010 by infovore
Programming Books, part 2: The Elements of Programming Style « The Reinvigorated Programmer
"I keep coming back to EoPS (I am re-reading it as I write this) because it’s short, it’s easy reading, it’s funny, and much of its advice is timeless.  In a way, you could say its age is even a plus-point, because it makes it obvious which of the rules are of their time and which are fundamental." Sounds great.
programming  bestpractices  style  books  reference 
april 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: The comfort of things
Joe Moran on Daniel Miller's "The Comfort Of Things", which has gone straight onto my wishlist.
joemoran  society  newcross  writing  culture  books 
april 2010 by infovore
Good Show Sir - Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
Solid illustration comedy gold, mainly from the 70s and 80s.
scifi  sf  fantasy  books  covers  ohdear  terrible 
april 2010 by infovore
Embracing the digital book — Craig Mod
"I'm excited about digital books for a number of reasons. Their proclivity towards multimedia is not one of them. I’m excited about digital books for their meta potential. The illumination of, in the words of Richard Nash, that commonality between two people who have read the same book." Craig Mod, excellent as ever, on e-books. Whilst he mainly talks about type, his point runs far deeper.
books  reading  ebooks  design  typography  digital  multimedia 
april 2010 by infovore
Philip K. Dick - Book Cover Art Gallery
"Philip K. Dick fans from around the world have contributed to this scanned collection of over 650 PKD book covers." Some of these are awesome, from the crazy french covers for VALIS to the German editions of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - retitled as "LSD-Astronauten".
illustration  pkd  scifi  covers  books  philipkdick  design 
april 2010 by infovore
The Bookshops of Mexico City |
"At some point, I begin to feel that I am carrying entire Latin American forests home with me. Also, I am afflicted with a terrible need to stop and write things down, at almost every corner, slowing my passage through the city and impeding motion. I am locked in this ridiculous two-step, unable to travel more than half a block before sitting down and writing out more, papering over the last thirty feet, dripping more ink onto the street: this absurd project, this incomprehensible, incompletable urge, this terror of forgetting and compulsion to record." Beautiful writing from James, which has been sitting on the "to link" pile for far too long.
mexico  books  art  publishing  travel  stml  jamesbridle 
april 2010 by infovore
A new class of content for a new class of device « Snarkmarket
"In five years, the coolest stuff on the iPad shouldn’t be Spider-Man 5, Ke$ha’s third album, or the ePub ver sion of Annabel Scheme. If that’s all we’ve got, it will mean that Apple suc ceeded at invent ing a new class of device… but we failed at invent ing a new class of content. In five years, the coolest stuff on the iPad should be… jeez, you know, I think it should be art."
ipad  media  content  design  epub  books  innovation 
january 2010 by infovore
Brought to book: some subtleties of social interaction « – Matt Edgar
"But I think to succeed eReaders need to meet the needs, not just of the direct user, but of those around them, the friends and family who may not welcome their loved one’s absorption in this exciting new media. They are the “next largest context” within which the new device must win acceptance... The first question [with a digital device] is no longer “what are you reading?” It’s “what are you doing?” – a question that somehow already carries a hint of reproach."
ereader  books  tablet  digital  interaction  devices 
january 2010 by infovore
The Master and His Emissary| Book review | Books | The Guardian
"McGilchrist's suggestion is that the encouragement of precise, categorical thinking at the expense of background vision and experience – an encouragement which, from Plato's time on, has flourished to such impressive effect in European thought – has now reached a point where it is seriously distorting both our lives and our thought. Our whole idea of what counts as scientific or professional has shifted towards literal precision – towards elevating quantity over quality and theory over experience – in a way that would have astonished even the 17th-century founders of modern science, though they were already far advanced on that path." Sharp review of what sounds like a fascinating book; I particularly liked this quotation.
books  brain  psychology  reviews  guardian  science 
january 2010 by infovore
Mattins: A micropodcast of daily readings |
"Mattins is a daily reading, every weekday, no more than 5 minutes long. The 5 minute limit is imposed by Audioboo, which makes podcasting from an iPhone startlingly simple. Every morning over my mandatory first coffee I take a book down from the shelves, hit record, and read a short extract."
podcast  mattins  reading  jamesbridle  books 
december 2009 by infovore
Rands In Repose: Up to Nothing
"The moment I walk into a bookstore I remember what I love about them. They are an oasis of intellectual calm. Perhaps it’s the potential of all the ideas hidden behind those delicious covers. Or perhaps it’s the social reverence for the library-like quiet — you don’t yell in a bookstore, you’ll piss off the books." I never tire of linking to Michael Lopp.
rands  books  bookshops  calm  order  pace 
december 2009 by infovore
"if the Choose Your Own Adventure books are just another Finite State Machine, it should be possible to use some of the same techniques to examine their structure." And so begins a lovely, lovely post on data visualisation, and what visualisation can tell us about the changing editorial strategy of CYOA books. Be sure to check out the "animations" at the top of the page. It's all very beautiful.
visualisation  nodebox  cyoa  books  interactivefiction  statemachines  analysis  trees  networks 
november 2009 by infovore
Egmont and Penguin seal Nintendo deal with EA |
"Egmont Press and Penguin Publishing will launch a range of children's books onto the Nintendo DS in a licensing deal with entertainment software company Electronic Arts (EA). It is the first time that children's books have been developed specifically for the Nintendo DS platform in the UK." Ooh, that's kind of awesome.
epublishing  books  ds  nintendo  uk  penquin  publishing  ebooks 
october 2009 by infovore
Graphic Presentation - a set on Flickr
"Some pages from Willard Cope Brinton's second book (1939)". Very, very lovely.
graphics  charts  design  diagrams  books  data  information  infoviz 
september 2009 by infovore
Forgotten Bookmarks
"I work at a used and rare bookstore, and I buy books from people everyday. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books." Bookmarks, dedications, receipts, adverts. Lovely.
books  bookmarks  reading  collection  blog  ephemera 
july 2009 by infovore
russell davies: straight lines and the man
Russell on Joe Moran's new book, which I'm clearly going to have to read.
roads  culture  joemoran  books  writing 
july 2009 by infovore
"From 30th June to 25th August, I'll be following a route across Scotland from the south western tip of Mull to the outskirts of Edinburgh, as charted in Chapters 14–27 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’." I remember talking to Tim about this at BookCamp; it's great to see it in-the-world.
books  literature  maps  walking  media  kidnapped  stevenson  timwright 
july 2009 by infovore
Product: NASA Apollo 11 Manual
Haynes Manual for the Apollo 1 LM and CSM. Awesome.
nasa  space  haynes  books  print 
june 2009 by infovore
Infinite Summer
"You've been meaning to do it for over a decade. Now join endurance bibliophiles from around the web as we tackle and comment upon David Foster Wallace's masterwork, June 21st to September 22nd. A thousand pages1 ÷ 93 days = 75 pages a week. No sweat." Hmn. Maybe. I might want to read something else, though... but could be fun!
books  reading  davidfosterwallace  infinitejest 
may 2009 by infovore
Well Played 1.0: Video Game, Value and Meaning | ETC-Press (Beta)
Well Played is now out, and can be read online and purchased from Lulu. It's exactly the sort of thing I've wanted for a while - a reader for videogames, and for the actual experiential side of them - and it's got some great authors contributing pieces on a host of games. Worth your time, for sure.
games  writing  reader  stories  books  publishing  analysis  criticism 
may 2009 by infovore
Cover versions - a set on Flickr
"Classic records lost in time and format, re-emerged as Pelican books. Just for fun." The Penguin thing is a bit over-done, but there's a care and attention to detail here that really sets them apart.
books  music  design  covers  album  penguin  pastiche 
may 2009 by infovore
kewlchops: A new leaf.
"I'm looking forward to working with new, clever people and getting my hands dirty again. I'm charged with leading the Open Library into fresh, fun territory; to enlist many hands to make "a page on the web for every book ever published" a great resource. I'm thrilled to be working with Brewster Kahle and his crack team in an important time for books on the web." What a perfect hire. Can't wait to see what George brings to it.
georgeoates  internetarchive  books  publishing  openlibrary  awesome 
april 2009 by infovore
russell davies: blog all dog-eared pages: notes from walnut tree farm
"The Whole Earth Catalogue, our bible as self-builders of our residences in the hippie-ish days of the 1970s, was subtitled ‘access to tools’. ‘With tools,’ ran the editorial preface, ‘you can do more or less anything.’" Lots of good quotations, including this, and also on fires.
books  culture  tools  nature  outdoors  rogerdeakin 
april 2009 by infovore
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