Books, Reading and Storytelling
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Books, Reading and Storytelling
Books, narrative and storytelling: digital and physical
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Between Page and Screen - Siglio Press

Between Page and Screen - Siglio Press | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Coupling the physicality of the printed page with the electric liquidity of the computer screen, Between Page and Screen chronicles a love affair between the characters P and S while taking the reader into a wondrous, augmented reality.


The book has no words, only inscrutable black and white geometric patterns that—when seen by a computer webcam—conjure the written word. Reflected on screen, the reader sees himself with open book in hand, language springing alive and shape-shifting with each turn of the page."

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Internet Book Fetishists Versus Anti-Fetishists

Internet Book Fetishists Versus Anti-Fetishists | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"A perennial topic of conversation among people who debate literature on the Internet is the relative importance of books as physical objects. Foremost among defenders of the printed book are those who extol the sensual pleasures of reading—the feel of the pages, the heft of the object, the smell of the paper—and maintain that it is impossible to experience those pleasures digitally.

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In a related, but separate, camp are those attracted not to the tactile pleasures of books but to their beauty as objects.

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Then there are the dissenters and skeptics who think that excessive focus on the physical beauty of books undermines the real purpose of literature, which can be found in the text and not in the vessel that delivers it."



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100 Books that SHOULD be written

100 Books that SHOULD be written | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Some funny. Some not. All clever. A project by Tyler Adam Smith.

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Books Not Books

Books Not Books | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"A preview and a permanent reminder of the exhibition curated by Edward Bayntun-Coward of George Bayntun for the ABA's London Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia in June 2013.  The articles below show some offbeat examples - both books which look like something else - and something else which looks like a book."



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David Shields Continues His Quest for a More Perfect Genre

David Shields Continues His Quest for a More Perfect Genre | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"It is no surprise to see aphorism alive and thriving in our current celebrity climate. The forgotten, it may be assumed, never said anything interesting, whereas choice words of the famous live forever at cocktail parties and in book reviews. To carry a portfolio of pithy quotations is to suggest you have a direct line to the minds of geniuses who came before. And it may even imply, whether or not you fulfill the promise, that you hold vast reserves of brilliance yourself.


David Shields is almost unbearably conscious of this in his latest book, How Literature Saved My Life. The pages of this harried interrogation of life and art are rife with the intrusion of others’ wit on matters at hand, either by explicit interruption (“Tolstoy: ‘The meaning of life is life’ ”), or by Shields’ parroting (“Isn’t it pretty to think so—”). The impression given is thus of a voice constantly deferring to and riffing off others, bold names he cannot help but compulsively call upon even as he is attempting to construct something new."


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In Twitter, An Emerging Creative Medium For The Digital Age

In Twitter, An Emerging Creative Medium For The Digital Age | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

Sarah Kessler:  "The fictional characters on Twitter don't merely parody celebrities. They're creating a distinctly new way to tell stories" ...


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What storytelling does to our brains

What storytelling does to our brains | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.

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Thanks for the article.
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you are welcome :)
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Transmedia Theater Projects Tell The Stories Of Shakespeare's Tempest And Kafka's The Trial

Transmedia Theater Projects Tell The Stories Of Shakespeare's Tempest And Kafka's The Trial | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

Kevin Holmes: "Felix Mortimer is a former member of Punchdrunk who has gone on to found RETZ with Simon Ryninks, and earlier this year the company performed an experimental version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest called O Brave New World, which took place over six months and across the physical and online worlds" ...


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Storytelling Presentations (Knight Digital Media Center)

Storytelling Presentations (Knight Digital Media Center) | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

An archive of speakers discussing storytelling from the Knight Digital Media Center)

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Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity, study finds

Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity, study finds | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Liberals and conservatives who are polarized on certain politically charged subjects become more moderate when reading political arguments in a difficult-to-read font, researchers report in a new study."

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11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship and Banned Books

11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship and Banned Books | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it



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A nice little collection of quotes that should be front and center in our minds all the time, not just during Banned Books Week!

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A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Although vending machines have long been considered acceptable for newspapers, they've never really caught on where books are concerned.
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I love the "Monkey's Paw Bibliomat"

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The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"we should care about the survival of a human treasure threatened right here at home: the deep reader. “Deep reading”—as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the web—is an endangered practice, one we ought to take steps to preserve as we would a historic building or a significant work of art. Its disappearance would imperil the intellectual and emotional development of generations growing up online, as well as the perpetuation of a critical part of our culture: the novels, poems and other kinds of literature that can be appreciated only by readers whose brains, quite literally, have been trained to apprehend them.


Recent research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience has demonstrated that deep reading—slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity—is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words. Although deep reading does not, strictly speaking, require a conventional book, the built-in limits of the printed page are uniquely conducive to the deep reading experience. A book’s lack of hyperlinks, for example, frees the reader from making decisions—Should I click on this link or not?—allowing her to remain fully immersed in the narrative."


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25 hilarious street art and mural works about books, libraries and reading - Ebook Friendly

25 hilarious street art and mural works about books, libraries and reading - Ebook Friendly | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
There are many ways to express that books are an essential part of our life. Using books as building materials is not necessarily the good way. Street art
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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Secret Reading Lives, Revealed

Secret Reading Lives, Revealed | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

Researchers in an emerging field look for "teardrops on the page" and other evidence of how readers have used books across history.


Books reveal themselves. Whether they exist as print or pixels, they can be read and examined and made to spill their secrets. Readers are far more elusive. They leave traces—a note in the margin, a stain on the binding—but those hints of human handling tell us only so much. The experience of reading vanishes with the reader.


How do we recover the reading experiences of the past? Lately scholars have stepped up the hunt for evidence of how people over time have interacted with books, newspapers, and other printed material.



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Visual storytelling: 14 tools for journalists | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

Visual storytelling: 14 tools for journalists | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
A list of just 14 tools that journalists might find useful to tell stories in visual ways, inspired by the visual storytelling session at the latest news:rewired event
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Reading on a Kindle Is Not the Same as Reading a Book

Reading on a Kindle Is Not the Same as Reading a Book | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies.
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I love reading. I love physical books And I love paeans to books. But let's not confuse that with reading.

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Adventures in Transmedia

Adventures in Transmedia | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

Andrea Mulle:  "Leveraging the individual strengths of multiple storytelling platforms, transmedia builds a storyworld meant to engage and involve its audience and delivers an informative, entertaining experience" ...


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Herman Wouk on his New Book, ‘The Lawgiver’

Herman Wouk on his New Book, ‘The Lawgiver’ | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
Herman Wouk, author of 1950s blockbusters like “The Caine Mutiny” and “Marjorie Morningstar,” returns with a novel made of text messages, e-mails and Skype transcripts.

 

Old enough to remember Simon and Schuster as actual people (“they were as different as chalk and cheese”), Mr. Wouk has written a novel that is startling in its modernity, at least in terms of format. “The Lawgiver,” which arrives on Tuesday, weaves a comedic yarn using letters, text messages, memos, Variety articles, e-mails and Skype transcripts. An epistolary novel, he decided, was the only way to tackle a subject he had spent decades trying to crack: Moses.

 

“In terms of narrative, my boy, there’s nothing but the Bible for sheer storytelling,” Mr. Wouk (pronounced woke) said. “How do you get at something that has already been done so perfectly? I suppose that explains part of my ‘fixation,’ as you put it.”


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Three Classic Fairy Tales Examined Through the Lens of Architecture

Three Classic Fairy Tales Examined Through the Lens of Architecture | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it
What Rapunzel’s braid-to-tree connection has to do with the rotational circumference of Baba Yaga’s house.


“As a lover of classic fairy tales and longtime fan of Kate Bernheimer’s modernist ones, I was delighted to come across Design Observer’s three-part series, in which Kate and Andrew Bernheimer reimagine the magical homes from three beloved fairy tales — Baba Yaga, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — through the lens of architecture. In each installment, a different architecture firm selects a favorite fairy tale and examines its pivotal structure through a new kind of imaginative architectural storytelling.”

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Robert Bringhurst: What Is Reading For?

Robert Bringhurst: What Is Reading For? | Books, Reading and Storytelling | Scoop.it

"The most elegant and accessible writer on type, typography, readability and legibility, was commissioned to present a talk for a symposium called "The Future of Reading" held at R.I.T. in June 2010. Over a year later this text, "What is Reading For?" has been published as a limited edition (450 copies) booklet, printed letterpress from digital type. So light to the touch and appealing to the eye is this bound transcription, that one cannot help but want to hold, caress and turn its Mohawk Ticonderoga pages. So exquisite is Bringhurst's prose that you are compelled to read from beginning to end in one sitting."

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