this might re-direct some pondering on the future of publishing…

“Objects themselves are “effects of stable arrays or networks of relations” (Law 2002, 91) This means that rather than look for an object’s immanent material properties […] one looks for how this materiality is distinctively expressed in the way an object comes to be situated in unfolding actions. An object may thus be made material by what surrounds and engages it. In particular, it may be materialized by users (and other actors) who define novel ways of relating it to the other entities in their life world. […] treating objects and specifically technologies as materially consequential but flexibly and nondeterministically.” —Jenna Burrell, Invisible Users

“To take on a materialist stance (whether weak or strong) is to acknowledge that the consequentiality of objects in the social world in some way goes beyond what human intentions invest in them. Often it is a general durability and visibility of things (as opposed to ephemeral human interactions) that are seen a contributing to the making of society.” —Jenna Burrell

“For Michael S. Hart (Gutenberg project), “the book was not sacred. It was simply an easily digitizable object. Inspired by the “replicator” devices he saw on Star Trek, Hart wanted to make all of the world’s design objects—anything that could be scanned and reproduced—available for free on the internet, where they could then be downloaded and reconstituted using 3D printers. He called this shift the “Neo-Industrial Revolution,” and predicted it would occur by the year 2040.”” —found in Robert Moor’s article Bones of the Book

“The page, he told those who asked, was no longer his playground; it was his operating room, and like a surgeon—like Flaubert, one of his heroes—he endeavored to keep surprises to an absolute minimum.“ —Sam Wasson on Truman Capote’s writing

“To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” —Shelagh Cluett

“Dramatic juxtaposition is the strategy behind curiosity cabinets: the tension between entertainment and education in the idea of the marvelous […].”
—Virginia Whiles

“A commodity is a thoroughly socialized thing […] intended for exchange.” —Virginia Whiles

“As Law (John Law) notes the material world is especially significant in sustaining the coherence and endurance of societies over time and across distances: “some materials last better than others. And some travel better than others. Voices don’t last for long, and they don’t travel very far. If social ordering depended on voices alone, it would be a very local affair”.” —found in Jenna Burrell’s Invisible Users

“I quickly grew to resent these little pieces of paper that kept slipping around, pulling my attention from the story at hand. It was like flipping through a scrapbook, except no one had bothered to tape anything down. The more innovative the e-book, it seems, the more it falls apart.” —Robert Moor

The trick, [Reif Larsen] writes, is “knowing when to harness the power of the new media and when to let the simplicity of the text work its magic.” —Robert Moor capturing Reif Larsen’s thought

“From a storyteller’s point of view,” [Reif] Larsen concludes, “the opportunities to engage a reader in new story-worlds seem simultaneously limitless and horrific.” —Robert Moor

“An innovative e-book could burst the fixed boundaries of the page. Images could “ghost in” behind words, or float above them. Instead of book covers, we could have multimedia “trailers.” The text could be “heavily supplemented” by multimedia elements like narration, music, videos, and even “several risqué deleted scenes, options to improve the story on your own, and a sidepanel of real-time Twitter reviews.” —Robert Moor capturing Reif Larsen’s thoughts

“Unlike wax tablets, books didn’t break or melt, and unlike scrolls, they could be quickly thumbed through to locate a desired passage. Students could carry them to their lectures, generals could mail them to the hinterland, and pagans could hide them in their robes. It was a revolutionary invention. But now consider the e-book, displayed on a slim electronic tablet, which can relay exponentially more information at even less weight, with even greater functionality.” —Robert Moor

“It’s worth taking a moment to meditate on this — the unbinding. It’s a phenomenon particular to our liminal stage in digital publishing. One in which we move from physical to digital. It hasn’t really happened before — there was no digital to move to. And, in a few years, it probably won’t happen very often, if ever — all publications will start with digital.” —Craig Mod

“All technologies incite around them that whirlwind of new worlds. Far from primarily fulfilling a purpose, they start by exploring heterogeneous universes that nothing, up to that point, could have foreseen and behind which trail new functions.” —Bruno Latour

“Forget that commodities are good for eating, clothing, and shelter; forget their usefulness and try instead the idea that commodities are good for thinking.” —Douglas & Isherwood


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