If George Orwell had the iPad

April 13, 2010 · 5 comments

CC-BY Flickr/jblyberg Dear Authors, Your Next Book Should be an App, Not an iBook is a great call to action from writer and media entrepreneur Cody Brown, who reflects on the way writers can and should adapt their creative practice to new platforms (because audiences sure as heck will)

If you, as an author, see the iPad as a place to ‘publish’ your next book, you are completely missing the point. What do you think would have happened if George Orwell had the iPad? Do you think he would have written for print then copy and pasted his story into the iBookstore? If this didn’t work out well, do you think he would have complained that there aren’t any serious-readers anymore? No. He would have looked at the medium, then blown our minds.

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1 Gary Kemble April 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

Alternatively, maybe Orwell would have decided that his forte was writing, as in ‘old school’.

I think it’s great for authors to consider the opportunities that new technology presents, but I don’t think the novel as we know it is dead just because there’s now a new way to tell stories.

If that was the case, the novel would have died when cinema emerged.

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2 genevieve April 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

I do wonder if young Cody has read about Gamer Theory all the same. Very sweet, but it sounds a bit like he thinks this is his idea?

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3 Mr. Gunn April 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Orwell, in particular, would have loved the ipad, because it’s a living demonstration of what he wrote about. He would have written a historical essay or a textbook and slowly changed the “facts” in the book to cast current events in a different light as time progressed.

Blow our minds, indeed.

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4 Rosanne Dingli October 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Yes, yes – by the same token, the zip never really outdid the button.

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