September 12th, 2014
It’s Friday, so let’s have ten quotes about Amazon, just to remind us what we already know… that it’s complicated:
1. “Amazon are evil bastards – I loathe them, I fear them, but I use them all the time because they’re wonderful and that’s part of the problem.”
Anthony Horowitz, Writer (Digital Minds Conference 2014)
2. “With paper printed books, you have certain freedoms. You can acquire the book anonymously by paying cash, which is the way I always buy books. I never use a credit card. I don’t identify to any database when I buy books. Amazon takes away that freedom.”
Richard Stallman, Software Freedom Activist and Computer Programmer
3. “The terrible thing about the Internet and Amazon is that they take the magic and happy chaos out of book shopping. The Internet might give you what you want, but it won’t give you what you need.”
Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler
July 30th, 2014
Transforming Around the World in Eighty Days into an interactive story
Meg Jayanth is the writer of 80 Days – a steampunk interactive narrative adventure game based on Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. 80 Days is published by inkle studios in partnership with Profile Books, released for iPhone and iPad this month.
Here is a confession to start you off: I loathe Aouda. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of reading Jules Verne’s seminal adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days, Aouda is the Indian princess that the gentleman protagonist Phileas Fogg rescues from being burned alive. She is fair-skinned and soft-spoken and English-speaking and — of course — falls desperately, gratefully in love with Fogg. In short, she is less a person than a trophy.
Aouda is not just Indian, she is an imperialist’s vision of India: rescued from savagery and ignorance by the cool-headed rationality of an Englishman; a grateful bounty that delivers itself willingly into the hands of the benign master. … Read more »