Book 2.0
New journal - issue 1.1 available to download free

Intellect is delighted to announce the launch of the new journal, Book 2.0.

View the first issue 1.1 free online.

For centuries the book has been the most widely used and powerful medium for the exchange of ideas and information - not only bringing pleasure, but also stimulating discussion and debate, inspiring imagination and invention, and even inciting revolution. Book 2.0 is an exciting new interdisciplinary journal exploring current developments in all aspects of book production, design, distribution and consumption. Re-evaluating the place of the book in the twenty-first century within the context of the medium's rich history as a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas, the journal also explores the possibilities for the book afforded by recent developments in communication technologies, speculating on what the future holds for the book. Book 2.0 assembles writers, teachers, researchers, artists, designers, editors, publishers and book lovers of all backgrounds to provide a forum for debate, discussion and original thinking.

In Book 2.0's inaugural issue, contributors examine the changing role of the book and of literacy. In what could be considered a controversial stance, Lissa Paul questions what it means to be 'literate' in the context of the 2011 London riots and the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests, contrasting official state-mandated ideas of literacy in schools with the communication strategies that have been embraced by young people through social networking. The difficulties in producing electronic editions of early modern literature are discussed by Eugene Giddens who, with emphasis on the works of Shakespeare, identifies the reasons as to why this transition has been unexpectedly slow, offering potential solutions. Sarah Gibson Yates looks at how online and offline worlds intersect through the development of User, a creative writing work-in-progress that analyses how social media has turned the self into a creative work and a digital identity to be marketed. Anthropologist Mark Turin shares his experiences as a founding member of the Digital Himalaya Project, a collection and distribution portal for scholarly and research content regarding the Himalayan region, relating how it has grown from a research project into a global user base that shares and stores information, connecting Nepal to a worldwide online community.
In his portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Jimmy Smith examines the influence, scope and importance of Spiegelman's work and his unique ability to combine autobiographical narrative with experimentation. Award-winning writer Colette Paul discusses the art of the short story with Mick Gowar in an insightful interview, sharing her thoughts on the appeal and potential of this enduring form of fiction, and Edward Hadley provides an uncompromising analysis of Andrew Motion and to what extent he has created his own reputation, exploring how the politics of his position as Poet Laureate have influenced both his work and the critical response to it.

Principal Editor
Anthony Harrild, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Mick Gowar, Anglia Ruskin University; Samantha Rayner, Anglia Ruskin University

Call for Papers
The editors welcome submissions which explore all aspects of book production, design, distribution and consumption. For further information, please visit the journal’s webpage.

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