17 May 2013
We’ve been preparing for a TEDx talk about re-inventing the book. And we chose to break that pretty big idea down to a tidy-ish triangular belief system that goes like this:
1. the book is ripe for innovation as a keepable cultural object
2. we need to make books in new ways in terms of how we work in cross-fertilised ways and how we use technology
3. as readers, we are open to new ways of reading and exploring.
26 April 2013
The funny thing about winning prizes is it makes it all, for a moment at least, look and feel so damned easy.
Take Kapow! written by Adam Thirlwell. First it got nominated for The Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013 (www.gov.uk rightly won but we weren’t in bad company, with the Shard, folding wheelchairs and all). Then last week, Adam was also named as part of Granta’s 2013 20 Best Under 40 novelists list. We were jumping up and down and saying “Well deserved”. It. So. Is. Kiss kiss.
8 March 2013
It seems like all anyone (including us) is talking about is experience. Books as experience, the screen as experience, culture as experience. While the ballet and opera are being screened live in cinemas and we’re watching films in car parks and playgrounds, still we keep reading of independent bookstores closing down.
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