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Long form textuality

With E-Readers here are the potential gains: edgier, riskier books in digital form, new forms of narratives, invention. New modes of storytelling. A rise in importance of texts and meaning. And, yes — paradoxically — a marked increase in the quality of things that do get printed

The thing is to understand why we historically haven't read long-form text on screens and how the e-readers are wedging themselves in the middle of everything.

We got to separate good and bad hypertextuality.

The key difference between Formless and Definite Content is the interaction between the content and the page (their fusion actually). Formless Content doesn’t see the page or its boundaries. Whereas Definite Content is not only aware of the page, but embraces it. It edits, shifts and resizes itself to fit the e-page. In a sense, Definite Content approaches the page as a canvas — something with dimensions and limitations — and leverages these attributes to both elevate the object and the content to a more complete whole.

Formless Content is unaware of the container.

Definite Content embraces the container as a canvas. Formless content is usually only PDF. Definite content usually has some hypertextual elements along with text.

- See the journal French Metablog with today different posts - Jean-Philippe Pastor

1 comment:

Jake said...

Well, ya kaint win 'em all...but digital books are commin'.