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Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse: Between Page and Screen Paperback – April 30, 2012

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You suddenly see yourself projected on the screen, holding in your hands the paper pages from which the living language of digital text unfolds into the story. And what a story it is -- full of wordplay and innuendo, the narrative flows with equal parts humor and poetic sophistication as words morph into one another with your every movement, a visceral metaphor for the longing of the two alphabetical lovers.
-Maria Popova, Brainpickings

Innovators like Borsuk and Bouse prove that the future of the book should be something we all consider with optimism provided we think beyond current expectations and strive to build new ones.
-Buzz Poole, Salon.com (April, 2012)

Between Page and Screen invokes--indeed necessitates--a love affair between the reader of books and the reader of screens, a love affair that is inevitable, timely, lovely.
-Timothy David Orme, Diagram

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Siglio (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979956285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979956287
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book to show my students in a course on digital textuality. They seem amused by it the format and it sparks discussion about the relationships between pages and screens (which is a central theme of the course). It took a while to figure out what the text was showing backwards because I was holding the codes upside down. Before I figured that out, however, one student remarked that it gave other students a glimpse of what her life was like with her learning differences.
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This is the second, trade, edition of this delightful little book of concrete, interactive, virtual poetry (really would like to get the first edition), but it's still a treat for the eye, head and heart.

If you're curious about this book and know nothing about it, I suggest checking the website that goes with it first ([...] it will give you a better idea of both the "why" and the "how" of the book itself. Who would have guessed that a book, much less a book of poems between a computer screen and a book's pages, might need a "User's Manual?" Someday soon, perhaps we will see more books like this.

The poems themselves are witty, touching, and wonderfully provocative — we can always use reminders that language can be fun ...

From a technical standpoint, I understand why they used Flash, but I'd love to see this done in a way that it can be see on all mobile devices. I recently used this book in a presentation; we wound up gathering around my laptop so people could see the poems. Not necessarily a bad thing — it evoked the idea of intimate storytelling in a highly digital age — but I'd love to be able to share it in larger situations.

Unique truly describes this. Enjoy!
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