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Art of the eBook

October 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What is an art eBook? A coffee-table book translated into digital form? An experiment in digital storytelling? An investigation of “bookness” through the lens of new media? Or all of these and more. eBook publishers and designers are just beginning to experiment with the potential of interactivity, audio and video, expressive typography, non-linear narrative structure; and books that eschew the standard concept of pages.

Join moderator Charles Nix and panelists Tina Henderson, Derrick Schultz, and Peter Meyers as they discuss pushing eBooks well beyond print. The panelists will present examples of their groundbreaking work and engage in a lively discussion about the challenges of creating designs that embrace non-traditional book content and extend the concept of what a book can be.

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Tina Henderson is a typesetter, production artist, and digital publishing consultant. She has worked with print books since 1992 and digital books since 2010. Her current obsession is dual-orientation Multi-Touch iBooks.

Derrick Schultz is a designer and developer working at the many edges of digital books. He is the Digital Design and Production Manager at Atavist Books, a new publisher that creates digital and print books—many of them created specifically for digital media. Alongside Atavist Books he contributes to Creatavist, the publicly available digital toolset used to create award-winning publishing for The Atavist and Atavist Books. Prior to Atavist Books, he was the VP of Design at Open Air Publishing, an early digital-first non-fiction publisher creating books for the iOS platform. Derrick’s work has won awards from Apple, AIGA, and Print magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. He’s vice president, Editorial & Content Innovation at Citia, a New York City-based digital publishing startup, and author of the forthcoming “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience.” For more than two decades he’s worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher (sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). Peter has also written about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. Peter blogs at and is on Twitter @petermeyers. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Charles Nix is the son of a printer. He studied art, design, and typography at The Cooper Union, and has designed hundreds of books and a handful of typefaces. For more than twenty years, he has taught at the Parsons School of Design, where he also served as Chairman of Communication Design. He is Chairman emeritus of the board of the Type Directors Club, an international organization dedicated to furthering typographic excellence. He is currently a partner at Scott & Nix, a publisher of science and nature titles. He enjoys wrestling with complex data sets, and is dedicated to bringing quality typography to both print and screen.


October 9, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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