“Living Books” and liquid books are examples of objects conceived as a living thing. Constantly evolving, edited and added onto, collaborative, online, dispersed authorship and with an open access strategy ensuring a widely dispersed audience.
Another characteristic feature is the idea of the still or freeze frame as a way to materialise and distribute the ongoing project.
Link to publisher: http://openhumanitiespress.org/liquid-books.html
Link to series: http://www.livingbooksaboutlife.org
“Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences.” A quote from the publisher pointing towards, what I see as one of the main effects of a dispersal strategy, and that is crossing boundaries and creating new possibilities or “building bridges”.
A strategy like “living books” depends on open access of the source material. Recently David Willetts, the universities and science minister, said in an interview “If the taxpayer has paid for this research to happen, that work shouldn’t be put behind a paywall before a British citizen can read it.” Hence the government plans to put online publicly funded scientific research immediately, and for anyone to read for free by 2014. But why stop there? Should not all research, no matter what the outcome, be published?
See the Guardian section on Open Access: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/open-access-scientific-publishing