The first print edition of the online art magazine nowCulture is now in bookstores. It contains a roundtable discussion on “Aesthetics, Audiences, and Histories” with Katherine Parrish, Kenneth Goldsmith, Megan Sapnar, Al Filreis, Scott Ambrose Reilly, Robert Kendall, Diane Greco, M.D. Coverley (Marjorie C. Luesbrink), Talan Memmott, Jason Nelson, Judd Morrissey and Lori Talley, with an introduction by Thomas Swiss. You can also order the issue through the Web site. Copies are $10.
Spring’s title is “Computers, Writing, Research, and Learning in the Lab.” Subjects include “Teaching with technology”; “Multimedia development, multi-user domains, and role-playing”; “Interpreting languages; imagining disability.”
[Link updated April 2005]
CTHEORY’s “Theory, Technology and Culture” contains an interview with a pioneer in the field of virtual reality and interactive art — Myron Krueger.
The first issue of NMEDIAC, the Journal of New Media & Culture is now available. It includes articles by Amy Davila, Kavita Philip & Terry Harpold, Miriam Fernndez Santiago, Megan Sapnar, and Brian Walsh; New Media Art by Jason Nelson, Thomas Swiss and Motomichi Nakamura, and introductions to the art by Jennifer Ley and Megan Sapnar; and a review of Loss Pequeo Glazier’s new book Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries by George Hartley.
Mark Hansen responds to Linda Brigham’s review of his book, Skip LaPlante, responds to Kermani’s article “The Sonic Spectrum,” Elise Kermani answers LaPlante, Scott Rettberg proposes a more generative approach to hypertext, N. Katherine Hayles responds to Markku Eskelinen.
Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries was released today by The University of Alabama Press. “Digital Poetics attempts to take on a task different than its peers. First, this is a book about Web-based electronic writing viewed through the lens of poetic practice.” Glazier argues that the increase in computer technology and accessibility has created a new and viable place for the writing and dissemination of poetry. He examines three principal forms of electronic textuality: hypertext, visual/kinetic text, and works in programmable media.
Not to be overshadowed by Random House’s news that it will enter the e-Book fray, Time-Warner e-Book division iPublish announced its first list of e-Book titles. The list showcases new works by some of Time Warner’s most celebrated authors, including Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Nicholas Sparks and David Foster Wallace. The list, which is heavy on novella-length work and pre-publication editions of paperback releases, may be indicative of the new division’s future e-Book strategy. iPublish will begin to distribute the titles in September.
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Stephen King reports on his Web site [IA] that after a week of live downloads, his readers are on par to meet his new publishing model challenge. Of 152,132 downloads, 116,200, or 76.38 per cent of King’s readers have sent in their dollar to keep King working on, and uploading, The Plant. King reports that he is thus very close to covering the $124,150 he spent for print ads in Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today to publicize the project.
[Link updated April 2005; only the Internet Archive copy of the page was found]
Today’s New York Times reports that Random House will establish an all-digital unit which will distribute e-Books and print-on-demand titles. These books will not be distributed through brick and mortar bookstores, but will be sold exclusively online. Consumer prices will be slightly lower than trade paperbacks for e-Books and slighlty higher for print-on-demand titles. Author royalties will be 15% for e-Books and 7.5% for print-on-demand titles. Random plans to launch the unit in January with 20 titles. At least one agent, Robert Gotleib, feels that the royalty structure Random plans to offer is slightly askew, “There is a tremendous reduction in overhead from printing, distribution and all of that, and authors aren’t enjoying the benefits of the increased profitability.”