Joining a book club can be a great way to meet other readers and discover new authors and titles, but clubs are not always convenient, especially for people in rural and remote places. The Big Country Book Club offers an online alternative, building an Australia-wide community of book lovers. Every month, members receive a new release in the post and access to online forums, blogs, and author interviews.
Over the last few years, Google has been quietly adding features and functions to its online word processor, Google Docs. The most recent update enables any document to be exported as an EPUB file. What makes this interesting? EPUB is the standard file format for ereaders, tablets and smartphones including Kobo, Android, Apple and more (everything except the Kindle basically). It’s yet another barrier removed for anyone with an interest in making ebooks.
The winner of the recent ‘Invisible Tentacle’ Prize for digital fiction, Life is Strange is a game in five ‘episodes’ that experiments with the order of storytelling, enabling the player to make choices and to essentially ‘rewind’ time. Available as a download for most computer and gaming platforms, it’s a fascinating variation on the classic branching story with multiple endings, combined with time travel and mystery.
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.