How the New York Public Library made ebooks open, and thus one trillion times better

Leonard Richardson isn't just the author of Constellation Games, one of the best debut novels I ever read and certainly one of the best books I read in 2013; he's also an extremely talented free/open source server-software developer who has been working for the New York Public Library on a software project that liberates every part of the electronic book lending system from any kind of proprietary lock-in, and, in the process, made reading library ebooks one trillion times better. Read the rest

The 50th anniversary of the word 'hypertext'

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Ted Nelson talks about coining the term "hypertext" in a 1965 paper, long before the rise of personal computing.

Annotating novels with Poetrygenius

Jeff VanderMeer writes, "I'm kind of in love with PoetryGenius, which allows for this incredibly easy annotating of texts, which I chose to go all image-heavy on in annotating my most recent novels. Beyond simple annotation, you can go hypertextual and meta if you like. For example, for this Authority excerpt, I created many of the annotations as if they're reports from the secret agency described in the novels. I even recorded short videos with supposed clandestine audio recordings, and did a straight-up video of me talking about the book via the site. (I also did my novel Annihilation) Read the rest