future of the book is digital

futureofthebook have just published a research report read:write on ‘digital possibilities for literature’. I quote Fuel4Arts: “This publication commissioned by the Arts Council England seeks understanding on how literature responds to mass digitisation. “How can the Web…support new writing, build lasting…communities…& take advantage of unparalleled access to a global conversation to further the aims of literature?”

Meanwhile Jill Walker at jilltxt  posted about Mark Merino’s  on Elit 2.0 (a guide to literary works on social software)  at Writer Response Theory which is a table matching up works of electronic literature to popular web 2.0 tools. with the suggestion of “using these creative works of fiction and poetry to enrich a course where students learn about social technologies and web 2.0”.

So some want to further literature through digital networked practices, others want to further digital practices through literature. I am just quoting everybody here, because I have not had time to look at it all in more detail, but I hope to be able to do that soon.


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