Realizing the potential of digital books
Who would think that replacing paper thinking with digital networked thinking would be so hard? Well, McLuhan would.
On one hand it’s simple – just use open web for book publishing! on the other, there’ll probably be some PDFs in your VR pants’ pockets. (Uh, pockets too, uh!) Let’s try to push for a better future of reading.
Next-book is not only an idea or pieces of code, it should be a place to discuss and a community to work together, too.
- June 21, 2017 Talkin' bout pagination (and digital books) When you think of a book as of an object, you may find that pagination is its nature. It defines how one interacts with a book. It becomes the central affordance of a book. [Book] came to replace the scroll thanks to several problems that limited the scroll’s function and readability. For one, scrolls were very long, sometimes as long as ten meters. This made them hard to hold open and read, a difficulty not helped by the fact that most scrolls in that era were read horizontally, instead of vertically as scrolling virtual documents are read now.
- April 12, 2017 The Next Book I have worked with Ivana Lukeš Rybanská from publishing house Nová Beseda since last year on their digital edition. Well, I finally feel like there’s enough puzzle pieces glued together to speak up about it. And yes, we glued the pieces together to form a ball. Digital books cannot be similar to printed ones as much as printed books do not resemble carved stones. Amazon and most of the EPUB crowd are trying to preserve familiar format and market.