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Project Title: Evaluating the compatibility of electronic literature and the publishing industry.
In the ten years since Amazon launched the Kindle and ignited public interest in digital reading, the traditional publishing industry has struggled to define its role in the new digital fiction ecosystem. Despite experimentation with new formats including apps, social media and videogames, the narrative amongst publishers is that the digital threat has waned and print publishing will remain dominant for the foreseeable future.
In the meantime, other areas of digital storytelling have grown and developed, creating a new digital literary sphere that has arguably been far more effective in embracing the possibilities of digital storytelling than traditional publishers. Amongst these areas is fanfiction – a form with a long history but which has increased exponentially with the rise of the internet, particularly post-Web 2.0. This research examines fanfiction as a publishing process and culture, exploring the ways in which it has taken advantage of the possibilities inherent in digital publishing.
Awarded: Carnegie PhD Scholarship
Field: Publishing Studies
University: University of Stirling