Article Archive: Opinion

Book Design in an era of Digital Formats and Self Publishing

“Design works not because people understand or even appreciate it but because it works subliminally.” – Erik Spiekerman Erik Spiekerman is one of the world’s most renowned book designers and typesetters, with over 323,000 followers on Twitter. We interviewed him last year at Reedsy and left us with this perfect quote. The core principle of… Read more »

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The new art of writing in Instagram and Twitter

In the late 1950s JG Ballard worked on a novel that was to be posted in fragments, on advertising billboards. Although it never properly came to fruition, what Ballard managed to put together of “Project For A New Novel” takes the layout of advertising and makes it something else. Squint at the Ballard’s page and… Read more »

The Impacts of Interactive Storytelling: A Case Study of Jupiter Ascending

Warning: the following contains potentially crucial, but mostly lukewarm, spoilers for the film “Jupiter Ascending”. Consider yourself notified. My first critical thought on viewing the latest Wachowski filmsprawl actually wasn’t one. And by stating this, I’m not intending any smartarse obscuration, though I am aware that even using that term “filmsprawl” could firmly place me… Read more »

Copyright: Attacking or Evolving?

The arguments over copyright and copyright law in the digital age have been rumbling along for years now, sometimes erupting into mainstream view, other times sinking back beneath the public radar once again. In Canada a small tweak to copyright legislation resulted in a large loss of income for many writers when the principle of… Read more »

Story Above All Else: Story+ 2014

Story+ is a two-day event at Brisbane Writers Festival which explores the intersection of story, narrative, technology and design. This year the one theme that consistently emerged from the discussions, panels and workshops was that story towers above all mediums. As Portal Entertainment’s Mike Jones explained in his keynote, no technology has ever changed what… Read more »

Cracking the German Book Market

Germany is the second largest market in Europe after the UK for books in English. Barbara Thiele, Chief Product Officer at Berlin-based print and ebook publishing platform, epubli, gives us the lowdown on the German market and offers  her top tips for writers hoping to crack it. 5 things to know about German readers and the German… Read more »