Books on vinyl records: alive to the pleasures of rabbiting on
A new publisher is distributing fiction on highly desirable vinyl records. It’s the perfect antidote to the iPod, says Sukhdev Sandhu.
Nathan Dunne is either a very brave or a very stupid young man. At a time when a) the MP3 has supplanted the CD as the most popular format on which to listen to recorded sounds; b) literature as a physical artefact is coming under attack from the rise of iPads, Kindles and other digital reading devices; and c) the short story is as tricky to sell to publishing houses as it has ever been, Dunne has set up a new imprint called Underwood, whose remit is to produce 33rpm vinyl records featuring writers reading 20-minute short stories aloud. “Candidly, it’s an experiment,” he admits...
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I love the idea of this, but then again, i love records, film photography and drawing with a pencil.