“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …

Tell Us about Your Favorite Transmedia Projects

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Transmedia has been a buzz word in publishing since at least 2003, but it’s one that’s still ill-defined. The creators of Inanimate Alice, as discussed in today’s editorial, describe it as “multimodality using images, sounds, text, interaction . . . to see storytelling in a new, multi-sensory light.” It is something bigger and more interactive than an …

How Neal Stephenson’s The Mongoliad is Revolutionizing Immersive Online Storytelling

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Michael Bhaskar People constantly talk about social reading as the next business model for publishing. Well, it’s here, it’s The Mongoliad. In the febrile, occasionally paranoid, always news hungry world of digital publishing, it seems strange that something so important should have slipped by so unnoticed, yet The Mongoliad seems to have been largely overlooked by the publishing Establishment. …

Bound Books vs. Ebooks, That is Still the Question

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• Canadian author and bookseller Deborah Willis discusses the differences between bound books and e-books. • Willis argues “when books become computers, they will no longer be books.” Ultimately, she feels computers and the web are not well-suited to storytelling and diminish the experience of reading itself. Editorial by Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: The bound book is an ancient, heavy, …

Can Publishers Transform into Transmedia Storytellers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It’s getting lots of buzz, but transmedia storytelling is expensive, requires people with skills (animation, computer programming)  that publishers don’t traditionally have on staff, and requires one to work more like a theater troupe than a corporation. Can traditional publishers make the jump into this new, potentially profitable medium? Read our lead story and tell us what …