Saturday, 30 January 2010

it's here



And the arrival of the other kind is a big moment too.
I can see why I was anticipating the announcement of Apple's new gismo this week, what with running a charity that promotes digital, multimedia literary forms, but it was weird this week to look over my shoulder and find most of the rest of the world (well, nearly) anticipating it too.

"We've all got smart phones and laptops" says Steve Jobs. (Well, nearly all, if you mean people like us as opposed to the rest of the people who live on the planet. "Now we need to get an iPad." And it'll be really like cool and fun for him to sell it to us.

But this is what we've been banging on about: the devise that puts reading back onto the main stage and blends books into the multimedia mix. So..let's get creating wonderful new kinds of experiences for mobile readers (by which I mean people, by the way, not gadgets).

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We launch the HOTBOOK on tuesday Feb 2nd at the Free Word Centre after which a beta version of this six week reading experience for secondary schools will be free to download, thanks to Everythingweb who are kindly supporting the project which is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

«The Great Wipe hath irrayzed much of world culcha, butta few bits of licheracha haveth bn found – pleez help mi choose most bestest 2 exxibit» so says Curator HOTBOOK on 2/2/3010.

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