Photographer and writer Rachel Hulin is releasing a serialised novel on the photo sharing platform Instagram. Hey Harry Hey Matilda follows a correspondence between Matilda, an artist in Brooklyn who works reluctantly as a wedding photographer, and Harry, a writer and an academic at the University of Connecticut. The novel’s web site provides background on the characters and story, but the novel itself takes place through single image posts to Instagram to take place over the next nine months, mirroring the story’s timeline.
In a sign of the times, the recently launched book publishing platform Pronoun is the successor to the merger of three distinct and now defunct platforms after a series of acquisitions: Vook, Booklr, and Byliner. It is essentially a platform for publishing and distributing text and multimedia books through the browser and to major online retailers. What’s interesting about Pronoun is its business model. The service claims no sales commission from individuals, using its established corporate publishing business to offset the costs.
Described as possibly the most interesting site on the internet, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has established an enviable reputation for authoritative and comprehensive content available to readers without charge. While a narrower focus than, say Wikipedia, and university backing provide some explanation, it does provide a fascinating counter to the notion that an encyclopaedia must sacrifice timeliness and comprehensiveness for quality.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been writing a column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief bookish digital projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.