[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 111, Issue 8

Ethel Baraona Pohl ethel.baraona at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 23:34:54 EST 2014

Hello all,
One more EPUB to add to the previously shared case studies by Silvio, is
our book "The importance of the way stories are being told.". It was
published in 2012 and includes links, images and texts:

We have worked also on the importance of dissemination by sharing it for
free using the pay-with-a-tweet
so the message is expanded by the people who is downloading it. This
motivation emerged from the same questions we're discussing here and trying
to explore why this case studies are pretty hard to discover.

Interesting point by Silvio:
"The other, and that's the one I'm most confident in, is that EPUB gets its
value not too much from its design, but from the context in which it is

The way we worked with the contributors on this ePub was very dynamic,
allowing them to add their own content to Booki.cc [now off-line and
substituted by http://booktype-demo.sourcefabric.org/], this allow
contributors from different countries to work in the same platform in real
time. A very fruitful experience!


Ethel Baraona Pohl | dpr-barcelona <http://www.dpr-barcelona.com/>
Curator Think Space MONEY <http://www.think-space.org/en/theme/money_2013/>
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On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Silvio Lorusso <silviolorusso at gmail.com>wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> > But how does great epub design look like? I didn't see much of it yet
>> except to actually start 'think icon'. Could you bring up some examples
>> here?
> Hello,
> this question is often on my mind too, so here's my take. An interesting
> signal to me is the fact that it's pretty hard to discover case-studies of
> self-aware - or medium-specific - EPUBs. Here some examples:
> - Corrupt.epub [aka KindleGlitcher], Benjamin Gaulon (2012)
> http://p-dpa.tumblr.com/post/40511034787/benjamin-gaulon-corrupt-epub-aka-kindleglitcher
> - Bookcases, Nicolas Frespech (2011-2012)
> http://p-dpa.tumblr.com/post/74382656338/bookcases-nicolas-frespech-2011-2012-tags
> - boem paukenslag, Megan Hoogenboom (2010)
> http://p-dpa.tumblr.com/post/40594142602/boem-paukenslag-megan-hoogenboom-2010
> - Book Becomes Book, Chris Gibson (2011)
> http://p-dpa.tumblr.com/post/75241561548/book-becomes-book-chris-gibson-2011-book
> My guess is that self-awareness can express the 'maturity' of the
> medium/carrier and its autonomy. We know that there are endless examples of
> self-aware physical books. In fact, according to Johanna Drucker, artists'
> books are always conscious of their own being. Why this is not happening
> with EPUB?
> One possibility is that the format didn't yet get to a stability,
> therefore to a recognisable, iconic form. The other, and that's the one I'm
> most confident in, is that EPUB gets its value not too much from its
> design, but from the context in which it is produced. In this sense, a
> plain-text EPUB derived from an interesting, unexpected source or process,
> can be way more interesting than a Fixed-Layout EPUB3 that embeds,
> sometimes in a clumsy way, multimedia and interactivity. So I'm starting to
> think that the question about design is secondary.
> If it's not about design, what should the designer do? I believe that the
> editorial designer today should explore the possibilities that lie in
> between the pletora of formats and carriers available, acting like a
> choreographer or a director.
> Another possible approach to tackle EPUB is to consider it not a final
> product, but a kind of accessible source. TRAUMAWIEN is doing this with the
> Literary Trojan Horse and also within the Digital Publishing Toolkit some
> experiments were made, such as the EPUB Trailer Generator: a proof of
> concept developed during the "Free Libraries for Every Soul" Hackaton (
> http://digitalpublishingtoolkit.org/2013/11/free-library-for-every-soul-hackaton-first-report/
> ).
> Best,
> Silvio
> --
> *Silvio Lorusso*
> -
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