It’s taken a while but we’ve finally made it! We’re very excited about this special issue which revisits the essential questions driving the ethos of this journal and is now available from Intellect’s website for purchase (see below for link). Within its rather (we think) beautifully bound and illustrated pages you will find a range of fascinating essays responding to current research into intersections between traditional book technology and the digital. Here’s an excerpt from our editorial to, hopefully, whet your appetite.
In 2020 we find ourselves beyond traditional considerations of the book and digital technologies as opposites, but rather see clearly how they now occupy a richly evolving intersection of multidisciplinary ideas, forms and practices drawn from both camps. Framed together as they are in this special tenth anniversary issue of Book 2.0, new definitions of what a book can be and what a digitally platformed narrative can be, are expounded, and new understandings of their potential deepened, in this varied and exciting collection. Authored by scholars, practitioners, editors and publishers, the articles, features and interviews curated here ask what it is that traditionally produced books afford digitally driven practices of writing, reading, publishing and distribution? And vice versa.
With contributions from UK based and international researchers and practitioners, this issue represents a small but significant portion of the work currently being undertaken in this field.
Taken in their entirety, these articles and interviews show how the place where bookish and literary practices meets technology provides a deep well of possibilities for authors, especially for those seeking to extend their practice across mediums. At the same time, readers engaging with these points of intersection have been evolving, developing the fluency required by these new literacies, often drawing on literacies developed over centuries if not millennia. It is certainly an exciting time to be working and thinking at the intersection of these practices – a time and place that becomes richer, more rewarding, as our knowledge of the interconnected practices of both bookish things and technology continues to expand.
We very hope you’ll be moved to take a dip into the covers – and do let us know what you think. We’re also always interested to hear from potential contributors with regards to ideas for articles or even special issues, as a guest editor, for instance. So do get in touch via our pages on the Intellect website or directly: firstname.lastname@example.org