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Elvia Wilk
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Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Future Reading With Eli Horowitz

Ever since reading on screens has become widespread, the future of the book has been up for debate. At this point it seems clear that books, the paper kind, are here to stay—but the world of books has expanded into new territory. 

While for many people “digital reading” just means reading on a Kindle or an iPad, the possibilities afforded by electronic platforms for the experience of reading (and writing) are so much more expansive than that.

Eli Horowitz is an editor, publisher, and designer who worked at McSweeney’s before branching out into unorthodox digital publishing experiments. These, such as The Silent History and The Pickle Index, have been hugely successful. The Silent History is a narrative that users can follow on iPhones and iPads, either in a traditional narrative sense or (also) by visiting real locations where the story takes place and discovering new content once they arrive.

For episode three of the "Writer’s Range" podcast, a series made by the Banff Centre, an artist residency program in Canada, Horowitz describes his approach to storytelling and his hopes for the future of the book.

He discusses what he's learned from his experiments, such as the idea that the technical form of the story has to be developed along with its content. That is, coming up with a cool strategy for storytelling means nothing if there isn't a story worth telling.

Future Reading With Eli Horowitz
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