A university research project triggered an interest in the chances of future publishing. The verge between traditional ways of consuming literature and new media approaches is discussed widely and few people can claim to know where it’s heading. There are both disadvantages and possibilities in e-publishing and the challenge will be to maintain the key factors of reading and writing.
This e-book is a first step into the specifications of e-publishing. After researching the current abilities that marketable e-books in the EPUB and KF8 (Kindle) format possessed in 2012, the photographer Susan Petzold helped to create an innovative e-publication. The result was “Invisible Strings”, a text-photography e-book that plays with the ability to choose individual parts of the book to read and still foregrounds the prevalent print feature of limited choice, which a majority of readers seems to feel prone to.
Read more about Invisible Strings.
For the yearly short story competition that buchbesprechung.de runs, a PDF, KF8 (Kindle) and EPUB e-book version was created, containing the winning short stories. The e-books are based on a simple layout that keeps the focus on the stories while still enabling an elegant navigation through the stories, also highlighting certain similarities.
The e-book for the buchbesprechung.de competition 2011 is called “Großstadtgeschichten” (City Stories) and contains the winning stories surrounding the theme urban life. The book was divided into cities, from Prague over London to Paris and Berlin and more. The e-book is available for free over at buchbsprechung.de where you will also find information about the winning authors.
The short story competition from 2012 resulted in a paperback and e-book publication, both titled “Willkommen in Dystopia” (Welcome to Dystopia). The stories revolve around dystopic ideas about the future and are divided by relationships. You can read more about the authors at buchbesprechung.de or buy the e-book and the paperback. The revenue from selling the book goes to a school reading project.