Check out Maribeth's Reading Machines

My friend Maribeth Back builds reading machines — devices that provide new ways to read and experience written text. It’s part art, part technology. For example, she has one reading machine that lets you drive through texts, changing direction as you go — but only seeing one line at a time — at super high-speed. It dramatically enhances the speed at which you can read, and is also an interesting new way to think about reading. She’s a genius. If you are in SF this Thursday, check out her show at the Center for the Book:

Hello, friends,

Many of you have expressed interest in actually seeing these Reading Machines I build…so…

just for you all, there’s a very informal showing coming up this week. The machines are on exhibit at the SF Center for the Book Gallery, 300 De Haro on Potrero Hill. (The show is called “Show Me a Story: Childrens’ Literature and the Technology of Enchantment” and will continue through Nov. 5). I may or may not give an actual short talk, depending on who shows up; but if people have questions about tech, etc. I’ll be happy to expound :>

This Thursday, Oct. 14, I’ll be there from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and would love to see you there. Here’s the address and brief blurb. (There’s also a wonderful “paper engineering” exhibit in the front part of the gallery — pop-up books of gorgeous complexity.) Also, if you haven’t seen the Center for the Book, it’s a wonderful thing — a working space devoted to book art, full of gorgeous hand presses etc. and with a huge variety of book-art related hands-on courses.

What: mbb + reading machines

Where: San Francisco Center for the Book Gallery
300 De Haro St. (foot of Potrero Hill)
San Francisco

When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 14

Free admission. There may well be wine and nibblies or something of the sort. Hope to see you there!

best, Maribeth

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One Response to Check out Maribeth's Reading Machines

  1. Jim Cobb says:

    I would like to correspond with Maribeth about her reading machines. Is that possible?? If so please ask her to e-mail me. Thanks and best wishes for the new year.
    Jim Cobb