by Kelvin Smith
Edit, edition, redact, redaction, adding, holding back, pointing, punctuating, all at another edge of clarity.
No telling anyone how to read a book, they say, but authors, editors and designers are some of those who guide and cajole the eye and mind as it voyages on this or the other bearing. Publishers were never so neutral that they didn’t anticipate shades of print experience.
That’s before the digital user was imagined, when the honesty of the text engendered a critical apparatus to surround book-reading, bowing to readers’ suspicions. A different questioning arises for non-linear and media-mixed creations and it focuses on form, arrangement and navigation rather than destination, intention and effect.