It’s a question that is under increasing scrutiny. When we think of a book, we think of an object that we hold in our hands. We can open the cover, turn the pages and read the text from left to right, top to bottom, from beginning to end. In the case of fiction, all sorts of magic and adventure exists within those pages, and in non-fiction, a world of information awaits the reader.
But what if, while turning those pages, the text began to move around the page, video played, audio floated up from the page? What if the reader had to solve puzzles before they could access the next chapter? What if only part of the story took place on the page, and the rest was a video episode, an artwork, or a soundscape?
Would we still call it a book?
If the traditional definition of ‘book’ remains that of printed pages of words glued together and bound in covers, will books still exist in another few decades? Or will they be relegated to the annals of history as noteworthy artefacts, much the same as ‘records’ have for the music industry?
These are the questions that feature in the chatter of the writing and publishing industry. The ‘books’ you’ll find here at Typology Publishing challenge the definition of book.