The equivalence of books: monographs, prestige, and the rise of edge cases

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2018-07-03
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O'Sullivan, James
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The digital has shifted the forms through which we present scholarship, and as academic projects become increasingly disconnected with the codex form, our conceptions of what constitutes an academic book warrants problematization. This is particularly so with ‘edge cases’, projects which look to collate, curate, and create thematically consistent critical insights on topics of relevance to the Arts and Humanities, using unfamiliar forms. This brief essay explores a selection of digital projects that might be classified as edge cases, interacting with relevant stakeholders through short surveys designed to determine why digital apparatus were favored. The purpose of this essay is to query whether such outliers can be considered, as exemplifiers of what is meant by an edge case, to be the equivalent of the academic book.
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Digital humanities , Edge cases , Digital publishing , Academic book of the future , Academic books , Forms of scholarship , Modes of production , Publishing
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O'Sullivan, J. (2018) 'The equivalence of books: monographs, prestige, and the rise of edge cases', Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. doi:10.1177/1354856518780457
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© 2018, James O’Sullivan. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, © SAGE Publications. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856518780457