Corduroy Mansions in Cyberspace: Online Novels and Their Implications to Print Publishing and the Traditional Novel

By Jaime Robles.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

This paper examines the online publication of the serial novel,
Corduroy Mansions, by Alexander McCall Smith, as well as other online
novels, and their implications for writing, publishing and the cultivation of a
global reading audience. The paper touches on areas of investigation but
draws no conclusion about the future of online novel publishing or its
impacts. The ever-morphing nature of the Web, the speed at which novels
are posted, and the immediacy of response to posting make it difficult to tell,
at this moment, what the Web’s ultimate effect on writing and publishing will
be, but the subject is of importance to scholars of publishing and literature.

Keywords: Online Publishing, Serial Novel, Blogging, Reader-Writer Collaborations

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.109-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.131MB).

Jaime Robles

Publisher, Five Fingers Press, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Jaime Robles took her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In 1974 she co-founded Five Trees Press, an award-winning literary press, and in the 1980s she was literary acquisitions editor at The Lapis Press, the midsize press created by the abstract-expressionist painter Sam Francis. She also worked as an editor with the late museum director and art scholar, Dr. Pontus Hulten. She is currently editor and publisher of Five Fingers Press and Woodland Editions. Her work is in collections at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; The Donohue Room, University of San Francisco; Columbia University; and Harvard University, among others. She has received publishing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program; and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. Her writing has been published in numerous magazines, including Conjunctions, New American Writing and Volt. She has taught editing and book arts at New College of California, Naropa University in Boulder, San Francisco State University, Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, and the University of San Francisco.


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