Edit: As longtime readers will know, I am not a fan of Editions at Play. I will explain why in the comment section.
The latest three installments were released this month, and they are all free to read (at the moment).
- The Shape of Clouds by Gianrico Carofiglio is an adventure-laden, surprising road trip story that puts readers in the dynamic driving seat. As the story’s environment literally adapts to the reader’s surroundings, time and place, we follow the narrator on his unexpected life journey that magically changes no matter where the reader is.
- A Universe Explodes by Tea Uglow, published by Visual Editions, is a book about a parent whose world gradually falls apart. The book is owned by a collective of people who, through blockchain, progressively reduce the book to only one word per page.
- Seed is a digital story that grows and decays, written by award-winning British author Joanna Walsh. The book uses a sprawling digitally-native canvas to steer the reader through their own unique reading of the book.
I am still reading about the works, and what Visual Editions is trying to say with each title, but I do have some pithy commentary to share with you tonight.
One title, The Shape of Clouds, appears to recycle old user-tracking ideas which have already been tried several times in recent memory (Liza Daly was showing off this kind of thing five years ago), but not all of the works are quite so derivative.
A Universe Explodes is less a book than an artistic statement about ownership and possession. I have read the author’s post about the work and seen the following video, but I don’t understand it yet: