The Truth About Cats and Dogs is one of the first titles for Editions at Play, a new initiative from publisher Visual Editions and Google to create a web-based platform and store for books that cannot be printed. Characterised as a ‘book that takes sides’, it documents a ‘failed’ collaboration between novelist Joe Dunthorne and poet Sam Riviere. Each author’s contributions are presented separately and readers can switch between them.
Between the Words is a series of posters by Nicholas Rougeux that takes original texts and strips away everything but the punctuation. Is there something to learn from classic literature’s punctuation alone? I’m not so sure, but these spirals of symbols without context are certainly beautiful. I can’t decide if this is brilliant or bonkers (which I think means I like it).
One of the great benefits of writing for the web is the ability to link to live content on other sites. But over time, those links inevitably start to break, a process commonly known as ‘link rot’. A new tool from The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University aims to prevent broken links and preserve content. Called Amber, it takes a snapshot of content from linked pages, making them always available.
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.