The ebook edition of if:book's Lost in Track Changes project has been released and is now available.
The digital edition is available here:
And the print edition is available here:
Like its wire-bound margin-note-encouraging print edition, Lost in Track Changes is no ordinary EPUB file. Designed by Rotterdam-based Megan Hoogenboom, this is a book that seeks to make better use of its container than the typical ebook, using layout as a navigational aid and encouraging you to jump between tracked and final versions of the stories, effectively 'switching' track changes on and off.
Lost in Track Changes requires you to follow a peculiar pathway through its gradually morphing texts and I think that’s entirely appropriate for the ebook edition of a project that began its life in word processors and transmogrified first for the web and then print before winding up here. This is an ebook that requires from you just that little bit more than reading and occasionally stabbing a finger at your screen like an old boozer in a pub making an emphatic point. Like the authors who have created this text, you’ll have to make some decisions and maybe a few discoveries along the way. You have to find your way through the technology to draw the story out from it.
Many of if:book’s projects seek to lift the veil a little on the writing process, to offer a glimpse into how writers go about what they do, the decisions they make along the way and how that influences the text. And it’s a sensibility that carries all the way through to the final product itself. This is an experimental ebook born from an experimental project. Part of its goal is to bring out the best in its medium: engaging and readable, but also uniquely electronic, designed specifically for the ereader. Inside this file are stories that slowly evolve, that make sharp unexpected turns, that subtly drift and meander off the usual path.
And if you happen to get a little lost in there, don’t worry. After all, it’s in the title.
Lost in Track Changes has been designed for the EPUB format only. The file has no DRM so you are welcome to transcode it into the Kindle format if you like, but we have not tested it in Kindle apps or devices so we can't guarantee it will work as advertised.