Category Archives: History of Publishing Observations

The Future of Books and Reading

The presentation of the HD Reader, along with the growing significance of audiobooks–which have been around for much longer–leads us to a natural question: what is reading? Does it include these new technological steps where we listen and imagine instead … Continue reading

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Kudos to our Spring Guest Speakers

The spring term has just about come to an end and I want to take a minute to thank our terrific History of Publishing guest lecturers this term. Each of them helped us to home in on what is going … Continue reading

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Instant communication hurting artistic tendancies?

As I sit here with my V8 considering what to write about for my very first blog post (I know, the lashes should be coming any minute now for being this late), I consider what I’ve done with the last … Continue reading

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Nicholas Andelin’s interview with Dr. Warren Hedges of Southern Oregon University

Dr. Warren Hedges grew up in Springfield, Missouri, in a very conservative town (John Ashcroft is from there; Jerry Falwell went to college there; Jimmy Swaggart & Jim Baker got called back there to be defrocked). This left Warren with a … Continue reading

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How Do Fans Affect The Writing of Games’ Rulebooks?

As a recent convert to the almost-religion of tabletop gaming, I have been watching the recent development of the metagame (a term coined by the community to represent the community’s own dialogue regarding the rules and how the game company … Continue reading

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Re: The Digital Shift

Although I did not attend the “From Print to Pixels” event, I am fascinated by the influence of technology and emerging media on culture and long-held customs. A recent theme in my studies involves contemplating the possibility of reconciling global … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Gaming Habits; Good or Bad?

This is a formal apology to anyone that is irritated by this post. Why? Well, in my recent experiences, there are two reactions to my obsessive compulsive tendency to wax philosophical about everything: a gigantic explosion of a fight and/or … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of E-book?

During the week of May 23, Michael Niemann came and spoke to the History of Publishing class. His topic: how to make an e-book. At first I was very surprised at his topic. What? I thought. You can make an … Continue reading

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Facebook survey about handwriting

For the purposes of research, and because I’m attempting to be more than a wallflower on Facebook, I asked my friends some questions about their handwriting.  I found the responses interesting, varied, and thoughtful.  My first post read, “I’m curious:  … Continue reading

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Listening is not the Same as Reading

Audio books are popular as ever, and they make for great entertainment, but as far as I am concerned, it’s not reading. It drives me crazy when someone says they have read a particular book, when in reality, all they’ve … Continue reading

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