In Alan Jacobs’s important new book How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, he locates thought within our social context and all of the complexities that situation involves: our desire to fit into our current group or an aspirational in-group, our repulsion from other groups, our use of a communal (but … Continue reading Humility and Perspective-Taking: A Review of Alan Jacobs’s How to Think
In an earlier post I speculated about the plateau in ebook adoption. According to recent statistics from publishers we are now actually seeing a decline in ebook sales after a period of growth (and then the leveling off that I discussed before). Here's my guess about what's going on—an educated guess, supported by what I'm … Continue reading What’s the Matter with Ebooks: An Update
[As you may have noticed, I haven't posted to this blog for over a year. I've been extraordinarily busy with my new job. But I'm going to make a small effort to reinvigorate this space, adding my thoughts on evolving issues that I'd like to explore without those thoughts being improperly attributed to the Digital Public Library … Continue reading What’s the Matter with Ebooks?
[An open access, pre-print version of a paper by Fred Gibbs and myself for the Autumn 2011 volume of Victorian Studies. For the final version, please see Victorian Studies at Project MUSE.] Introduction “Literature is an artificial universe,” author Kathryn Schulz recently declared in the New York Times Book Review, “and the written word, … Continue reading A Conversation with Data: Prospecting Victorian Words and Ideas
Rather than focusing on a new technology or website in our year-end review on the Digital Campus podcast, I chose reading as the big story of 2011. Surely 2011 was the year that digital reading came of age, with iPad and Kindle sales skyrocketing, apps for reading flourishing, and sites for finding high-quality long-form writing proliferating. … Continue reading Reading and Believing
I'm delighted that the edited version of Hacking the Academy is now available on the University of Michigan's DigitalCultureBooks site. Here are some of my quick thoughts on the process of putting the book together. (For more, please read the preface Tom Scheinfeldt and I wrote.) 1) Be careful what you wish for. Although we … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Hacking the Academy Process and Model
I've had a few people ask about the writing environment I'm using for The Ivory Tower and the Open Web (introduction posted a couple of days ago). I'm writing the book entirely in WordPress, which really has matured into a terrific authoring platform. Some notes: 1) The addition of the TinyMCE WYSIWYG text-editing tools made … Continue reading Using WordPress as a Book-Writing Platform