From Institute of the Future of the Book
The Networked Book
Cross between an academic research group and an internet startup
Coming out with an open source app called Sophie, a multimedia authoring tool
Blog is if:book
What is a book?
could be talking about multiple thing
–a book as a package
–a book as a cultural ideal
NOT talking about ebooks
The hardware red herring
–the idea that some kind of hardward that may come along to change books (ebook readers, etc)
–not a very interesting question, according to Ben
–does not take into account how the way we read and write is changing
We associate books with intangible things (ideas, knowledge, etc)
But books are visual cues, tangilbe things.
“the book isn’t broken”
a bunch of paper bound togeter is a really great piece of technology
How is the way we read and write changing?
linking of text to text is changing how we read and write
hypertext can allow you to add supporting evidence to what you write by linking to it (example, blog)
“Literature is an ongoing systemg of inteconnected documents” Ted Nelson
“As We May ThinK”
The Atlantic Monthly, July 1945
idea of memex which stores knowlede, information, books
the memex links together ideas and create additional trail that will allow a user to find additional information
Amazon uses these trails, with “Buy this books with…”
wrote an essay “Books in Time”
Leaves of Grass
Whitman wrote anonymous reviews of his own work
Ben shows us a history of the multiple editions
information can from the Walt Whitman Archive which contains online edition
Whitmans works were always being revised
Also shows the Talmud and how it was constantly revised
Look at wikipedia. You can see all the revison history of an article
Ben uses the article on Iraq to show activity of revisions
He shows us some really cool looking history flows graphs
ALso looks at the discussion on an article
There is a moving target problem. How do you align the discussion of the page with the version? Discussion may no longer be relevant if the version changes
Conversations going on as the document is read, updated, etc.
Feedback mechanisms are built in, which changes the way we write
Finnegans Wake wiki
entire text is in a wiki, and discussion is built in
Sites cannot happen on their own. If no one is tending the garden, it is going to fill up with beer cans and needles.
Books over wiki
The Wealth of Networks
other social reading sites.
Putting texts out there change the way we write
“collaborating with the reader” changes the way we write
writing is not isolated, it is a relationship
John Battele used his blog, the search blog, to write about ideas for his book.
Social writing helped him get ideas
Lessig’s Code Version 2.0
a collaborative book in progress
written by a community
Without Gods: Toward a history of disbelief
an online discussion as the book is being written
a work in progress
Mackenzie Wark wanted to get feedback and ideas and discussion in writing a blog
wanted to do something differently . Blogs have a hierarchy
an interesting way to read the book http://www.futureofthebook.org/gamertheory/?page_id=227
Comments for each page are on the side
listed in NCSU OPAC
shows a movie that is a talkshow set in Halo. Movie was recorded with video out from game, recording the game. and then edited with audio voice over. Very cool.
how do libraries tie in? What do we consider a book to be?