Today marks the publication of my latest book, Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, at Stanford University Press. If you want to get a copy at a really reasonable price, order from Combined Academic, using the code “CSS19CRWC” for 30% off (bringing it down to £14.69). If you can’t afford this, earlier versions of several chapters of the work have already appeared in journals and are openly accessible: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. I have a particular fondness for this book as it is the first that I wrote from scratch after my stroke in 2019.
What’s next? Hmm, well, as my Books page makes abundantly clear, I have a number of projects in various stages of completion. The first is the edited collection on which I am working for The MIT Press on pasts, presents, and futures of scholarly communications. This is a hefty book and one that has taken a long time to coordinate and bring together. I’m not sure I want to do another edited book any time soon – the administrative overhead is massive – but I am also really pleased with how this is panning out. This book will be open access. I hope that this will be off to the publisher this month, health permitting.
After that, I have the write-up of our Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded “Reading Peer Review” project to finish. This has spiralled well beyond the article length by some margin already and I’m pleased to say that we have signed a contract for a book version of the work with Cambridge University Press. The work will be open access and will be delivered by March 2020 for publication in 2021, I hope.
After that, I have a book under contract at Oxford University Press called “The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies”. This is in the “literary agenda” series, so I am in good company. This is a primer volume on the ways in which digital methods are being used in our disciplinary space, but it also features new bits of my own research as exemplars of how these can work.
Finally, there are three further, perhaps more “secret”, long-term books that I am working on that I will say more about once I feel more secure about their structural frameworks.