Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age
Panelists: Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven Media, (Moderator), Bob Carlton, Kirkus Reviews, Ron Charles, Washington Post, Sarah Weinman, Publishers Marketplace
Some of the questions addressed in the discussion were: What are the biggest challenges to literary reviewing? So many books, so many critics – how do readers sort through them? Is there still authority in book reviewing? How do we review books that are now multimedia and do we need to? What will the next 2, 5 years, or even 6 months look like? Continue reading
Interesting article in the Washington Post on hybrid books – books which contain print, video, links, and other multisensory features. The article is As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience – what about reading?
Loss of creativity/imagination is a recurring thought in the article and subsequent comments. Vooks, as they are called, seem to be aimed at younger audiences. Are they good for different learning styles??
An abledbody news article last week discusses the new Kindle DX and it’s text-to-speech program that will read a book aloud. According to the abledbody article, the Kindle does not go far enough to provide an accessible player to persons with disabilities. The eBook menus and controls are not audio accessible, limiting access to those with visual disabilities. I’m not certain Kindle had persons with disabilities in mind when they created this new text-to-speech feature since it is not limited to those with disabilities. Kindle will work with Pearson, Cengage Learning, Wiley and 75 other University Presses to provide textbooks on the Kindle this year. Additionally, 3 newspapers have given Amazon the rights to text-to-speech content, NYT, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Sounds to me like the much broader market, with a potential to listen to books in the car, while walking, doing housework, or any other multitude of activities is what got Amazon tickled pink about text-to-speech. Just in case you didn’t hear, Kindle will begin a text book pilot program with 6 Universities this fall.