Alan Trotter's "All This Rotting" Features Text Which Decays as You Read It | The Digital Reader
Editions at Play is an ongoing partnership between Google and print book designers Visual Editions which seeks to invent the future of ebooks as websites. The first couple titles were released in February, and the fourth title was published this week. All This Rotting is a piece of experimental digital literature by Alan Trotter. According to the description, this short story is "an unstable story about an unstable mind. It is a story about deaths: one sudden and violent, one slow and incremental." While All This Rotting might not sound different from many other short stories found in ebookstores and on sites like Wattpad, this title follows in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland in using the layout of the text to help tell the story (see page seventeen pf this PDF for an example of what I mean). In this case, the text of the story starts to fade away, get jumbled up, and generally get more illegible as you spend more time reading the story. The effect is difficult to document (it's not visible in all web browsers) but it looks something like these screenshots: The title is free to buy in Google Play Books. It is a relatively short read, and I [...]