The Silent History and the Evolution of the E-Book

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At Wired, Shoshana Berger profiles designer, programmer, and Rumpus contributor Russell Quinn, whose new project, The Silent History, will begin its serial publication soon.

The e-book is divided into six parts, each part then divided into smaller, ten to fifteen minute “episodes”, which will be delivered wirelessly to the readers device every weekday for a month. The plot of the novel deals with a generation of children being born without speech, and the reader, in addition to the episodes, will learn more about the plot from geolocated “Field Reports” — site specific snippets which will provide backstory and, perhaps more importantly, a level of interactivity that has yet to be reached in the e-book market.

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Walter Gordon is an intern at The Rumpus. He is a native of Berkeley, CA and goes to college in Oberlin, OH. He spends most of his time reading. His eyes hurt. Other hobbies include photography, writing fiction, and sitting on top of tall piles of rocks. More from this author →