I’m a celebrity get me a … book deal?

Sometimes it feels like celebrities have it all. They can act, they can sing, they can look good shopping for their weekly groceries and now, they can write? It appears that celebrities these days have a never-ending repertoire of skills and more and more seem to be adding ‘best-selling author’ to their lists. With many…

Redacted Kirkus star prompts debate about “censorship” in YA

Kirkus Reviews ignited a controversy in the publishing world when it decided to pull its starred-review for Laura Moriarty’s American Heart in October, after the publication was heavily criticized on Twitter for lauding a book which several book reviewers, editors, and authors deemed offensive to Muslim Americans. American Heart imagines a future in which Muslims…

Consider The Redditor

Reddit has over 200 million users. While most millennials spend their social media time on Instagram or Facebook, I go to reddit for breaking news, pictures of cute puppies, and “shitty writing prompts”. But reddit encompasses so much more than that. It was originally created to share the “best of the internet” with its users….

Where Does Fan Fiction Belong?

Fan Fiction isn’t an entirely new genre, but the debate over where sits in the hierarchy of Publishing has only recently began to see in-depth academic attention. This surge of Academic interest, coincides with the phenomenal success of ‘Twilight’ (James, E. L, 2012) which paved the way for Fan Fiction authors such as Todd. Fan…

How printed books are remediating the internet

For as long as I remember, a discussion about the “death of books” has been raging. By 2010, newspapers were being flooded with apocalyptic articles spelling doom for print as well as traditional publishers, booksellers and even authors. However, it is now 2017 and books are still doing great. In fact, according to the PA…

You’re Invited to Fashion Week (Thanks to Instagram)

Miu Miu? Chanel? Lanvin? Yes, yes, and yes. Now, we all have VIP access to their newest collections. With the rise of video-sharing features on apps, like Instagram, we can now get front row seats during fashion weeks from all over the globe. According to the fashion tech website Glossy Co., publishers and magazine editors…

Custom type for publishing

Finding the perfect typeface for a project involves a lot of effort, time and research. There are plenty of options available on the market nowadays, in a range of prices and styles. The right choice depends on the needs of the project, its size and concept and sometimes the best option is having something designed…

Can glossy gossip coexist with the sidebar of shame? 

Mucus movements, extra-marital affairs and outrageous outfit choices are among the many commonplace topics discussed in gossip media today. From OK! magazine to the Daily Mail’s ‘sidebar of shame’, celebrity reporting has successfully found its place amongst Web 2.0. However, will there continue to be a market for both printed and digital gossip in an…

Can AI end fake news?

It has become increasingly difficult to evaluate if the published content is authentic in these recent times.As everyone can now create and share content with the use of social media, which as a result has created a barrage of fake stories and many media companies promoting these stories in order to increase their readership. Artificial…

What if Indie Magazines Represented the Future of Education?

Have you ever thought what it would be like if academic institutions such as schools and universities no longer used traditional text books but magazines instead? We have always perceived books as the main source of academic knowledge. Since a young age in school we have always been given reading lists and have been assigned…

How “Watchmen” Changed the Comic Industry

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of Watchmen, both in terms of creativity and commercial standing. The book won multiple awards both within and outside the comic industry, including a Hugo Award in 1988 in the “Other Forms” category, and is considered by several critics and reviewers to be one of the most significant…

Science Behind Reading Behaviour: Paper Vs. Plasma

I’m really struggling with reading on digital platforms simply because I’ve gotten used to reading text on paper. When I got reading lists from college, the first thought that popped into my mind was PRINT THEM ALL! Personally, reading journals on a laptop is not an enjoyable process for me. I find it difficult to…

“ The last throw of the dice”

There are only a few magazines today that have had as longstanding success as NME. The vanquishing magazine, which had been published weekly since 1952, decided to become a free magazine in September 2015. This decision came after a decade- long decrease in sales. The decline resulted in the magazine sales just to 15,000 copies….

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Publishing

So who among us actually knows the difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality? More and more frequently am I seeing both of these terms being batted around, so I decided to just sit and do a little research on each, try and get my head around it a little and also see how these…

Ephemerality and the Internet: On Response to a Request

Response to a Request is an art appreciation website, which was recently founded by Irish art critic and writer Rebecca O’Dwyer.  The website provides a platform for writers to engage in sustained visual analysis in an original and experimental setting. Once a fortnight, a new writer, often invited by O’Dwyer herself, chooses an image of…

Words or material culture?

As an archaeologist, the words of Danton and his obvious passion for the discipline “history of books” had all kinds of thoughts swirling in my head. For the last three years, I’ve been heavily reminded in every lecture that material culture is vital in understanding past societies; jewellery can teach us about The Roman elite,…

Corporate communication as a lifeblood or a stalemate

It always seems so easy to shift the responsibilities to others and even easier to give instructions when you have an operating staff of 10 people. But when it comes to larger scale you are to learn about corporate communication or die. Like Friedrich Ratzel (German geopolitician) in 19th century coined a notion that a…

Print’s not dead

When the internet became more broadly available and a variety of new media emerged around the turn of the millennium, there was a lot of concern about how these new developments would change and re-shape the world of media. People were particularly worried about the effects these changes would have on the consumption of printed…