An example of this possible future taking shape is J.J. Abrams' - the director of both the Star Trek and now the Star Wars franchises - and the novelist Doug Dorst's collaboration, "S."
From the New York Times article on the book,
This being Mr. Abrams, “S.” is not a normal book. Inside a black slipcover stamped with the title, there’s an old library edition of a novel titled “Ship of Theseus,” published in 1949 by a certain V. M. Straka. The author and novel are the fictional creations of Mr. Abrams and Mr. Dorst, but the book’s edge-worn spine, labeled with a faded Dewey decimal sticker, is scuffed, and its corners dented. In used-book selling parlance, the condition of “Ship of Theseus” might be rated “good,” were it not for the tens of thousands of words tattooed in the margins of its yellowed pages by at least two different hands, both in pencil-lead gray and a riot of inks: black, blue, red, orange, purple and green.
Tucked among the pages, readers will find handwritten letters and notes, a college newspaper clipping, a purple mimeographed telegram, photocopied book pages, postcards, an old photograph, a map scrawled on a coffee shop napkin, and even a throwback decoder ring.
“We took every advantage of publishing and the fact that it is an object,” said Mr. Abrams, who collaborated with the publisher Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little Brown & Company, and the design firm Melcher Media. There will be a digital e-book and related materials scattered online for obsessive fans, but to get the full 3-D sensory experience, Mr. Abrams recommends the hardback.
“The fun of ‘S.’ is having the book itself,” he said. “To physically hold it is kind of the point.”
|Emily Berl's photo of the book "S," as in the New York Times|
It will be fascinating to see if this gives more support to books for children and teens that are also multi-layered physical objects of literary art.
Illustrate and Write On,