Maybe this was predictable, but I didn’t see it coming. The small but significant resurgence in vinyl records has (finally?) reached audiobooks with the release of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please on a twelve-inch disc by publisher HarperCollins. Spoken word of course has a long tradition on vinyl (and wax), but book-length works have always been an awkward fit for the format: this edition features ‘highlights’ from the book. Naturally, it comes with an accompanying download, but it does stretch the boundaries of what qualifies as a ‘book’.
This year, the Oxford English Dictionary announced its word of the year is an emoji, specifically the “crying with laughter” emoji, or 😂. If you’re unsure of this new pictographic world, never fear: this is a great opportunity to reacquaint yourself with Emoji Dick, Melville’s epic translated in its entirety to emoji. Touted as ‘astoundingly useless’, the book is nevertheless an interesting way to explore the outer edges of language.
CreaStoria is a story-based game developed by researchers at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Italy. Based on the branching story format (familiar from ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’), the game begins with short story prompts and allows you not just to choose paths and read, but to write your own as well. It also offers you a ‘birds eye view’ of the narrative where you can vote for story branches you like.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.