Because I know people inhabit multiple platforms online, I’m pleased to announce that I’m now on Tumblr.
Don’t worry—I’m not shutting down this blog. But if it wasn’t obvious already, I’ve had difficulty keeping up with The Late Age of Print over the last year or so, a result, mainly, of my academic workload. Since I love blogging but have less time to deliver substantive content, I figured Tumblr would be the perfect place to engage in some of the work I do here, albeit in shorter form. You can still expect to see extended meditations on book- and algorithmic culture on this blog, at least from time to time. But if you’re looking for regular content, then my Tumblr’s the place for you.
I’m excited about Tumblr because, as I’m learning, it seems to be as much (if not more) about curation as my own commentary. I like the idea of being a little less “bloggy,” as it were, and instead sharing a range of artifacts that say something about my disposition toward the world. That’s largely how I’ve been approaching Twitter over the last few years, as it turns out, but sometimes I’ve felt too constrained by the 140 character limit. I appreciate how Tumblr gives me an opportunity to say more, absent the compulsion to be overblown.
I should mention that my Tumblr is all about you, too. Many of the stories I’ve shared on Twitter and elsewhere have been sent to me by friends/colleagues/acquaintances, and I’d like to keep the tradition alive as I move into Tumblr. And of course, you can expect credit where credit is due. Always.
In case you haven’t noticed, The Late Age of Print blog is looking a bit different these days. I changed my WordPress theme a week or two ago from the busier look you used to know to this—something cleaner and more stripped down. Not only did I want to freshen up the blog, but I also wanted to make it more visually consistent with my professional website at Indiana University. The new theme is considerably more mobile friendly, too, which seems prudent given all the talk about the post-PC era. I hope you like it. Feedback is welcome, of course.
…then you’re bound to like Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed, compiled by Laura Heyenga and just out from Chronicle Books. The cover features one of Cara Barer’s striking book photographs—and if it looks somewhat familiar, it should. Another of her amazing images appears on the cover of Late Age.
And, in other important news, don’t forget—ONLY TWO MORE DAYS REMAIN to download an e-edition of The Late Age of Print for a tweet or Facebook post. Don’t miss it! The freebie will be gone as of August 1, 2013.
…that The Late Age of Print makes an excellent course text? With chapters on Harry Potter, Amazon.com, e-books, Oprah’s Book Club, and more, it’s chock full of relatable material for college undergraduates. Graduate students will appreciate the subject matter, too, along with the rich theoretical and historical context the book provides. If you teach courses on any of the following topics, then you might want to consider adopting Late Age:
- Media History
- Literary History
- History of Technology
- Communication History
- Book History
- History of Reading
- History of Literacy
- History of Print
- New Media
- Cultural Studies
- Popular Culture
- Everyday Life
- Digital Humanities
If you teach a class using The Late Age of Print that’s not listed here, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be sure to add it to the roster.
And, in other important news, don’t forget that ONLY SIX DAYS REMAIN to download the e-edition of Late Age for the small “price” of a tweet or Facebook Post. Yeah, for real. Do it before time runs out!
Fair warning: there’s just ONE WEEK LEFT to download the e-edition of The Late Age of Print. It will only cost you a tweet or a Facebook post. Beginning August 1st, 2013, if you want the book, then you’ll have to buy it—in other words, for money!
This link will take you to the download page.
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy. And while you’re at it, why not put a little goodwill back into the world. Help support The Late Age of Print and my wonderful publisher Columbia University Press by liking the book’s Facebook Page, posting a review, assigning it in your classes, or, heck, even choosing to buy a physical copy. My kid needs to eat, you know.
Columbia University Press is holding its annual spring sale, and by sale, I mean S-A-L-E! All CUP titles, including The Late Age of Print, are now 50% off. (The deal is for North American orders only. Sorry, rest of world!) Here’s the link to the Late Age page on the CUP website; just enter the promo code “SALE” when you check out to get the discount. Get it while it’s hot…and cheap!