Created by the BBC writers room, The Last Hours of Laura K is an extraordinary work of interactive fiction. This murder mystery requires you to sift through found video footage, phone records, and social media accounts to piece together the mystery of what happened. A commentary on the British obsession with security cameras, its seamless single-page interface draws you in as much as the mystery itself. That’s even an email address to contact, if you think you’ve found the identity of Laura’s killer.
Fans of Junoz Diaz’s short stories will appreciate the work of online curator Open Culture, who recently gathered links to seven Diaz shorts, including ‘The Cheater’s Guide to Love’ and ‘The Pura Principle’, all freely available online. The stories appeared in the New Yorker between 2007 and 2012 and several have accompanying audio.
Editions at Play continues to push the boundaries of what a book on screen can be. Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen is the second title to be released by this collaboration between publishing Visual Editions and Google Creative Labs. Described as ‘a Borgesian love story’ of a mysterious key found in an abandoned bookshop, it uses Google Street View to take its beautiful story to real locations all around the world.
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.