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From the Magazine
With an increasing number of user-driven publishing platforms cropping up across the digital landscape, many online publishers are trying to strike a balance between collaboration and ediorial control.
Carrie Neill explores the ever-evolving publishing landscape and highlights independent presses experimenting with the increasingly fluid interaction between print and digital, analog and interactive.
With crowdfunding platforms gaining traction in the publishing world, writers now have a means of accessing wider readerships while simultaneously soliciting funding to launch literary projects.
Despite worries that digital media sounded the death knell for serious, immersive reading, publishing platforms such as the iPad, Kindle, and Nook have given rise to single-sitting works—longform journalism pieces, single stories, and short novellas—that have broad reader appeal.
Melville House wonders when publishers will speak out about Amazon; New York City's Algonquin Hotel announced that when it reopens this spring after a renovation, the famed Oak Room will be gone; E. B. White answers a charge levied by the ASPCA; and more
Recently released amplified editions of classics such as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land indicate that the hybrid format may finally be coming into its own.
Since last fall, an Alameda, California–based start-up has been blending digital text, images, video, and social networking to produce what it calls "vooks" (a portmanteau word formed from video and book), which can be accessed through any Web browser or downloaded to mobile devices via Apple's iTunes Store.
Online writing community Protagonize—a platform for collaborative, interactive fiction—announced last week that it will begin implementing an optional subscription system. While core services will remain free, paid accounts are set to include, among other features, ad-free browsing, personal blogs, and reader statistics.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Annalemma Magazine, Oxford American, Ninth Letter, Opium Magazine, the Iowa Review, Slice Magazine, Poet Lore, Fence, and Electric Literature.