Electronic Books: Hypertext and Hyperfiction

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Bolter, Jay David. "The Computer, Hypertext, and Classical Studies." American Journal of Philology 112, No. 4 (Winter 1991): 541-45.

Suggests future uses of hypertext in classical studies.

Birkerts, Sven. The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Boston: Faber & Faber, 1994, 231 p.

Collection of essays concerning the shift from print to electronic media. Birkerts argues that "the complexity and distinctiveness of spoken and written expression are deeply bound to traditions of print literacy."

Christopher, L. Carol. "Closing the Gap." The Quill 82, No. 1 (January 1994): 27-9.

Comments on the implications of electronic publishing and the information highway for newspapers, readers, and journalists.

Coover, Robert. "Hyperfiction: Novels for the Computer." The New York Times Book Review (29 August 1993): 1, 8-10.

Reviews Stuart Moulthrop's hyperfictive novel Victory Garden and comments on the genre of hyperfiction and its effects on the reading experience.

――――――. "And Hypertext Is Only the Beginning. Watch Out!" The New York Times Book Review (29 August 1993): 8-9.

Discusses hypertext, hypermedia, and the state of hypertext fiction. Coover notes: "Hypertext, in effect, introduces 'purpose' or 'design' into the scatter of electronic writing, and its principal tool for doing this is its linking mechanism: in place of print's linear, page-turning route, it offers a network of alternate paths through a set of text spaces by way of designated links."

――――――. "And Now, Boot Up the Reviews." The New York Times Book Review (29 August 1993): 10-12.

Reviews eleven hyperfictions, including Michael Joyce's Afternoon, A Story, Judy Malloy's Its Name Was Penelope, and Stuart Moulthrop's Victory Garden.

Delany, Paul, and Landow, George P., eds. Hypermedia and Literary Studies. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 352 p.

Collection of essays covering various aspects of the theory and application of hypertext to the creation and study of literature.

Elmer-Dewitt, Philip. "Bards of the Internet." Time 144, No. 1 (4 July 1994): 66-7.

Remarks on the quality of writing found on the Internet.

Jonas, Gerald. "The Disappearing $2,000 Book." The New York Times Book Review (29 August 1993): 12-13.

Comments on William Gibson and Dennis Ashbaugh's Agrippa (A Book of the Dead), which contains artwork by Ashbaugh and a short story by Gibson. Noting that a computer virus destroys the text of the short story as it is read, Jonas draws parallels between the nature of Agrippa and the future of traditional books.

Kenner, Hugh. "Electronic Books." Byte 18, No. 12 (November 1993): 404.

Argues that much of the software available with electronic books is not very useful.

Korn, Eric. "Miracles of Miniaturization." The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4476 (13-19 January 1989): 34.

Mixed review of the CD-ROM version of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Lewis, Peter H. "Library of Congress Offering to Feed Data Superhighway." The New York Times (12 September 1994): B1, B4.

Discusses plans of the Library of Congress to convert parts of its holdings to electronic form.

Princenthal, Nancy. "The Technology of Poetry." American Book Review 15, No. 1 (April-May 1993): 7.

Favorably reviews Judy Malloy's hyperfiction Its Name Was Penelope.

Reynolds, Louis R., and Derose, Steven J. "Electronic Books." Byte 17, No. 6 (June 1992): 263-68.

Surveys the history and development of electronic books and hypertext.

Schmidt, Stanley. "A Powerful New Tool for Writers: Hypertext." Writer's Digest 70, No. 2 (February 1990): 35-7.

Suggests how a writer might use hypertext software packages to organize notes for a novel.

Steiner, Clyde. "The Future of Electronic Publishing: Two Views." Publishers Weekly 240, No. 1 (4 January 1993): 38.

Summarizes the views of two publishing industry executives on the roles printers and publishers will play in the future of electronic book publishing.

Trudeau, Garry. "Great Leaping Illustrations! It Works!" The New York Times Book Review (13 November 1994): 56.

Favorably reviews the CD-ROM version of David Macaulay's book The Way Things Work (1988).

Welsch, Erwin K. "Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Humanities." Library Trends 40, No. 4 (Spring 1992): 614-46.

Relates the history and origins of hypertext and hypermedia and examines the past, present, and future uses of these technologies by librarians and humanist scholars.

Zimmer, Carl. "Floppy Fiction." Discover 10, No. 11 (November 1989): 34, 36.

Briefly describes hyperfiction and the different types of software used to create it.

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