Thursday, May 17, 2012

Working on the Next Generation of Digital Books

Social Media Prime Time: Back East Noon and 5 P.M.  

No matter what the diagnostics say about the time of day that Tweets and/or Facebook updates are reaching readers (at noon and 5 p.m. EST, plus on Saturdays),  I got my first boost, early a.m. PST from following a Tweet by Rachelle Gardner, the blogging literary agent.
Is There Room for Originality? opened a vein PST 7:30 A.M.

Pre coffee, pre breakfast, I answered Rachelle Gardner's question What’s the most unique or original book you’ve read lately? I followed The Flow, high on good prospects, read all about it below.

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman is the most beautifully executed autobiography I’ve come across. Of course having a book published like that —filled with illustrations, a graphic memoir if you will— for a reasonable price is only possible when you have an extensive readership. I love how he explains the making of Maus, his reasoning for using the mice and rats metaphor, the story of his life. Having this book in my hands makes me want to realize my combined biography (father’s)/ memoir and novel as an expansive piece of art in writing and visuals. There, I’ve said/ written it.

Looking into the way toddlers view stories on touchpads is something all writing artists, or illustrator/writers, or writers with audio/visual subjects ought to do.
Mike Matas presented the next generation of digital books at TED. Jaw dropping material. Viewing the video, I imagined hearing a pin drop. Awed silence enveloped the audience, until Matas made them laugh. And mind you this TED talk was recorded a year ago in March 2011.
A world opens up for writers and readers of the present and future that goes way beyond transferring the plain content on paper to content in an e-book.

Family Man ©StudioVanPraag

With my background in the theater as set, costume and prop designer, I see some of my longitudinal work as staged plays within a book. Ah, the possibilities! Wondrous future. 

Yes, it’s early a.m. and I need to eat and have a coffee, ethereal thoughts occur when blood sugar drops. 

No matter the time, responding to a tweet or post that launches creative thoughts is a great way to start the day, wouldn't you say?

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