Monday, April 17, 2017

Alice on my bookshelf and Online

Exercise for FutureLearn free online course Literature in the Digital Age:

Can you imagine if there were only one edition of Alice? All mine but the pop-up and app are well-worn paperbacks in different shapes and sizes. All are illustrated by John Tenniel, except the facsimile (author's own illustrations), pop-up (Robert Sabuda) and app (Emmanuel Paletz).
I chose to use so many examples, because to me these are such very different reading experiences, some more obviously than others. The medium is most assuredly the message when it comes to Alice. And, I can't imagine it any other way.

 Alice's Adventures under Ground (facsimile of the Author's 1864 manuscript with additional material from the facsimile edition of 1886 with intro by Martin Gardner)
Alice in Wonderland (Norton Critical Edition)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (New American Library Signet Classic)
The Annotated Alice (Penguin Edition)
The Philosopher's Alice's (intro and notes by Peter Heath)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (A Pop-up Adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Original Tale) (Amazing interactive text, a sampling here:)

Because I can be a bit OCD about books and reading, I explored a few free online editions: (boring, text only) (pdf text with Tenniel illustrations) (No illustrations but this site, strangely, lets you assess your reading time.) (This is where many sites get the text they use. Text is made available in multiple formats.) (click through pdf or epub) (Described as an all digital replica of the original. You can see the book's stitching and edges of the cover.) (When listening is reading...) (read by John Gielgud) (This site lets you make your own illustrated and, conceivably, even narrated book. Child's drawings and text summary.