ebook readers have made their preferences clear. video extras, background audio, virtual tours of the author’s workspace: no thanks, say buyers. so-called “enhanced ebooks” have generated a reaction similar to new coke’s reception: a “massive wi
rather than starting from what the ipad and epub 3 makes possible, think about where readers need help. when you add finger- and eye-candy that doesn’t solve specific problems, digital “extras” often do more harm than good. by keeping a simple q
a quick list of digital goodies i encountered at sxsw 2012
the ipad can display almost anything an author imagines. but are we shortchanging readers by overstuffing our apps?
how do stories & presentations change when you use more than one screen?
will big touchscreen displays—bigger than tablets—usher in new kinds of creative composition? i don’t hear much talk about microsoft’s surface computers, those industrial strength touchscreens-on-a-tabletop. but maybe the idea was ab
a list of digital publishing tools i mentioned in my o'reilly webcast (nov. 11, 2011).
i’ve written previously about the distracting effects of excessive hyperlinks: how lots of “hey, click me” blue-lined text makes it hard to focus on a writer’s own writing. in this post i want to air out a design idea that accomodates link
first, to set the most important facts straight: i am not working on a sequel, a response, or any kind of book project related to go the f**k to sleep. the publisher of that book, akashic books, has not commissioned me to write anything. nor hav
can curriculum design help turn conferences into classroom-style learning environments? ever suffer from “conference head”? it’s that feeling, after a couple dozen speeches and panels, where you wonder: wow, what did i learn from all that talkin