From (M)App to Print (Part 1)

[Featured image: Screenshot of the Amazon UK rendering of the Faber & Faber codex version.] In an earlier post on The Silent History, I discussed the “remediation” of a digital work into print. We are now accustomed to thinking that the traffic always flows in the opposite direction–that the Internet is quickly hoovering up the entirety of our print (and chirographic for that matter) inheritance. Thus, we can easily overlook the opposite scenario: when the “born digital” is “reborn print.”  (I have in mind here digitalia that’s born on software…

The Silent History: A Digital Incunable

A little less than a year ago, I was privileged to participate in the Textual Machines symposium cohosted by the Digital Arts Library and the Symposium on the Book at the University of Georgia (yes, Bulldogs, I envy you). My paper considered a curious case of reversal: a novel originally distributed via app that later reappeared in print.  Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin have taught us to talk about how print novels are “remediated” in other media. Garrett Stewart has coined demediation for artistic endeavors that render books unreadable…