Could eBooks Be the Breath of Fresh Air the Tech-Resistant Novel Needs?
Google Creative Lab's Editions at Play ebooks expand reading into a new realm
eBooks have been both praised and decried by readers. They conveniently provide the most important features of printed books while at the same time collapsing the tactile and, according to some research, read experience of the printed word. But the flexible designs and fonts (or lack thereof) seen in most eBook files have spoken to some experimentally minded writers as a wellspring of creative opportunity. Google’s Creative Lab has provided a platform on which authors can answer this call.
The project is spearheaded by Visual Editions, a London-based publisher founded in 2010 that creates beautifully designed, typographically playful, and often illustrated editions of classic literature as well as contemporary publications of their own.