Author: Andrew Simone

  • Publishing and the Digital Landscape

    We’ve talked much about what’s happening in publishing, paper, and digital culture, but let’s talk about what¬†should happen. ‚ÄúBook Oven is cloud-publishing: we are an online toolset that enables individuals and groups to make, improve, publish, and sell print books and ebooks. Book Oven is designed for independent writers and small presses.‚ÄĚ Regardless of what…

  • Social Writing

    No, I don’t mean blogs. “Protagonize was originally devised as a lark, testing out a new technology platform with what was supposed to be a simple, fun idea. When the site launched in late 2007, it was dedicated completely to the (nearly) lost art of the¬†addventure (yes, that’s spelled right), a very specific type of…

  • New Authors and the Web

    If you do happened to get signed by a publishing house, odds are you won’t get the attention you think you deserve. Once you finish your book and actually get it out there your job is just beginning: “Being an author has become much more of an ongoing relationship with your audience through the Web,…

  • Odds and Ends

    A few quick links because this day is moving faster than I anticipated. elimae, pronounced el-ee-may, and standing for electronic literary magazine, was founded by Deron Bauman in 1996 and has published essays, fiction, interviews, poetry and reviews. At the end of 2004, Bauman departed to concentrate on other responsibilities, and the editorship was assumed…

  • Newspaper

    In the spirit of self-publishing, Russell Davies et aliud created Newspaper Club, a mostly UK launched collective dedicated to building a service to help people make their own newspapers. One of my favorite ideas is Things Our Friends Have Shot On Flickr which is a beautiful example of the digital world colliding with print media.…

  • “We have broken your business, now we want your machines.”

    Russell Davies on what’s been percolating in digital culture regarding print media: It’s not news that the internet has stimulated all sorts of creativity in the real world. From communities and marketplaces of crafters like¬†folksy to new forms of personal manufacture like¬†shapeways; technology is giving regular people access to tools and markets that once they…

  • Books, Printing, and Self-Publishing

    In an age of increasing digitization, objects become more valuable. And that value is the reason print media will not die, even if it does shrink. My prediction for print media, therefore, is two-fold: you will see small run, local editions of hardbound books and quick, cheap paperbacks.¬†Couple this with our new attitudes on the¬†democratization¬†of…

  • Social Publishing

    You’ll hear more about social publishing from me in the future, but this is too fresh to hesitate showing you. Richard Eoin Nash, former publisher of Soft Skull press, has been trying to rally interest for a social publishing start-up called Cursor. In this interview, he defines “social publishing”: 1) Define ‚Äúsocial publishing‚ÄĚ in terms…

  • There is something outside of the text

    To make a very long story short, I was a book lugging¬†Luddite¬†until about three years ago when I discovered that the internet was more than cats fiending after cheeseburgers. And, since then, I have become increasingly fascinated with digital culture’s scrolls and more than a little concerned about my friend, the¬†codex.¬†Over the next few days,…