I just discovered that there’s an iPad version of Marc Saporta’s Composition No.1 (one of the example boxed texts from Visual Editions we used in class last week). Here’s the marketing blurb for their digital version: The Composition No. 1 iPad app looks at different ways of bringing to life the book’s non-linear reading experience. The app brings the idea of “reading the book in any order” to a new level, forcing the whole randomising experience onto the reader. How does it work? The pages don’t stop moving unless you physically hold them down with your finger, forcing you to engage with the book in a completely new way. And yes, those letter landscapes do still play some role.
I was talking in class last week about a “canonical” e-lit piece that I couldn’t remember the name of but that used links/shifts in text in unusual ways. Turns out, the project I was thinking of was “The Jew’s Daughter” by Judd Morrissey, with contributions from Lori Talley. First published in 2000.
The ELO describes the project like this: The Jew’s Daughter is a work that renegotiates the concept of the hypertext to present a reconfigurative narrative. As the reader moves the mouse over links, segments of a page replace one another fluidly, giving the reader the sensation of watching a single page evolve step by step into another kind of textual instrument with its own sense of narrative rhythm. *They also provide files you can download to experience the project, if you’re having trouble with the online version.