Artists’ eBooks

November 12, 2009


I’m pleased to announce that Artists’ eBooks, a project first mooted in this post a couple of months ago, is now live at

eBooks, as we’ve been saying for some time, have massive potential to revolutionise not only how we read, but what we read. The incorporation of audio and video, the possibilities for curation, quotation, linking and sharing, the vast scope of low-to-no-cost distribution and the low barriers to entry should excite us all.

In particular, I’m fascinated to see how artists and writers respond to these new opportunites, platforms and technologies. It was in conversation with the writer Tony White that the idea for Artists’ eBooks first surfaced, and I’m very pleased and grateful that Tony has allowed three new short stories to form the opening line-up at Artists’ eBooks.

These stories, part of Tony’s ongoing “Balkanizing Bloomsbury” series, were written using a process which included cutting-up, remixing and renarrativising fragments from a number of sources including travel writing, Hague tribunal transcripts and mass media texts, to create completely new works of fiction which explore ideas of European identity. Each comes complete with notes on the text and links to the sources – allowing readers to explore beyond the boundaries of the traditional text, in ways unique to the eBook format.

This is but one example of the many conceivable routes the project could go down. We have more titles coming in the near future, and we’re very interested in hearing from artists and writers who would like advice, assistance, and collaborators to help them explore this territory. But for now, please visit the site, download the books – and send us your feedback.


I’ll do a follow-up post at a later date about the ebooks, strategy and so on, but I’m indebted to Liza Daly at Threepress for some invaluable advice on ebook production. I also urge you to read Tony White’s other work if you haven’t: his widely acclaimed novel Foxy-T remains one of my personal favourites.


  1. Hmmm…I think I’m missing something. I’ve looked at all three epub files online (using the Firefox epub addon ( and I’m not seeing what makes these three stories different than other eBooks out there. I was expecting either embedded audio/visual players or illustrations or some such.

    Not to be dense, but am I missing something?

    Comment by Von Allan — November 13, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  2. No, this post discusses possibilities of ebooks, not these particular titles. What makes them interesting in the context of ebooks is that reading them on a connected device allows you to explore the links and associations that make up the text.

    Comment by James Bridle — November 13, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

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