Intellect have just released the new journal on the modern book and the industries surrounding it, Book 2.0. The first issue includes a very good article on digital editions of renaissance literature, particular Shakespearean editions; I liked the attention paid to the need to maintain, as well as create, these editions and the need for a partnership between academics and industry. The editorial offered some well-informed thoughts on the changing role of the distributor. The piece on Andrew Motion treads a thin line between the man’s work as a writer and his work at being a writer. It’s a thin line the Book 2.0 may find itself following regularly.
The field has needed a journal for a long time; Book 2.0 looks set to do the job well. I certainly wish the editorial team luck.
The journals self-description is set out below:
Book 2.0 is a new, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal which aims to publish articles and reviews on developments in book creation and design, (including the latest progressions in technology and software affecting illustration, design and book production). It will also explore innovations in distribution, marketing and sales, and book consumption, and in the research, analysis and conservation of book-related professional practices. Book 2.0 aims to provide a forum for promoting and sharing the most original and progressive practice in the teaching of writing, illustration, book design and production, and publishing across all educational sectors.