There’s a good reason why our culture is so fond of book art — it not only carries with it the implied richness and depth of the text it uses as its material, but appeals to our love of books as objects, our desire to turn knowledge into art. But can an e-reader, that most sterile of reading experiences, have the same effect on us? In 56 Broken Kindle Screens, a print on demand paperback that we spotted over at Booooooom, artists Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso have put together a series of found photos of broken Kindle screens that become art in and of themselves.
As attached as we are to the printed word, we have to admit that we find these images, of electronic ink spattered across cracked plastic pages, quite beautiful. As its creators explain, “The book takes as its starting point the peculiar aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements.” The result is quite lovely, in its own stark, black and white way: a patchwork digital collage created at random. Click through to check out a few pages from the book, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, “e-reading” is on the rise — as of February 2012, 21% of Americans have read an e-book, compared with 17% in 2011. Well, we knew that. What we didn’t know is that e-book readers are apparently reading much… Read More
An unpublished novella by Kurt Vonnegut is now available from RosettaBooks, one of the pioneering “e-publishers,” working exclusively in digital formats. Entitled Basic Training, and originally intended to be sold under the pseudonym “Mark Harvey,” the 22,000-word novella was written back in the late 1940s, when Vonnegut was in his mid-20s. Though it… Read More
For those who believe that Ikea’s planned redesign of its beloved BILLY shelves to hold things other than books signals the final wheezing gasps of print, here’s some news that could really put the nail in the coffin: The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon is planning to launch a service… Read More
1. The Smoking Gun has unearthed Katy Perry’s 45-page concert rider, which in general is kind of boring (hates carnations, likes egg chairs), but also includes this misspelled gem for any of her drivers: “DO NOT STAIR AT THE BACKSEAT THRU THE REARVIEUW MIRROW.”
2. In case you missed last night’s Colbert Report,… Read More
Now that we’ve left the hall of mirrors that was the Apple-tablet rumor mill, we can finally take a deep breath and ask: What’s up with the iPad? (Seriously, we’re really all gonna call it that?) Seeing as we’re avid readers, let’s shake our magic eight ball and ask what it might mean for e-books. Our take after the jump. … Read More