The Book: Changing Technologies

Aa full day event, as part of Opening Up the Book, which spans book genres (artist's books, digital, novels, poetry etc) and looks at how technology influences / changes / effects / determines content (and form).

There will be a clear focus on what this might mean for the book's future but we will seek to embed such discussion within the context of how technological developments have always influenced and changed the book (something that is often missing when addressing technology today). This will include but not be limited to: printing presses, mass print, cheap paper, transport developments, digital print, internet etc).

We envisage a mix of short(ish) presentations, discussions and then possibly break out sessions depending on what suits the proposals we get in and through discussion with contributors.

Proposals and contributors to date include:

* Alice Bell - digital fiction – technology and form
* Joe Bray – the relationship between technology and the rise of the novel in the eighteenth century
* Will Finley - the relationship between image and text, specifically printed images in nineteenth-century books
* David Hucklesby - how literary innovations amongst twentieth century authors such as B. S. Johnson, Ann Quin, and Marc Saporta were direct responses to new technologies and new media as well as how we can see similar trends in contemporary writers such as Mark Z. Danielewski, Steven Hall, and Jonathan Safran Foer
* Sharon Kivland – The Good Reader: person and object
* Rob Kovitz - a Skype session from Canada giving a very brief description of the Treyf Books followed by Q+A or discussion about POD/distribution and other changing technologies including composition/design
* Liam Rodgers - POD and self publishing (a start up and social perspective)
We are interested to hear from anyone with an interest in the theme and open to any suggestions on shaping or contributing to the event at this stage.

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