Session 2: THE UNBOUND BOOK
Introduction by Geert Lovink (editorial board)
Conference Day 1, May 20, Den Haag, 13.30 – 15.30
Tumors of the death of the book are a specter of today’s wired society. but with the rise of e-readers and text mark- up, electronic books persist even while transcending the limits of traditional forms. online the book becomes another piece of data in a vast, interactive space of links, social networks, videos and sound. it also becomes an occasion for social annotations and collaborative communities of readers and authors. if connected to other information, is the book still a book? do we herald the death of the individual author with the rise of collaborative writing? What role will editorial and technical standards play? While the printed book seems finite, is there room today for works that never achieve closure, that remain in an unfolding state?