David Foster Wallace’s publisher said they couldn’t do what now?

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In an article today (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/09/books/david-foster-wallace-and-the-pale-king.html) about editing David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King, the editor, Michael Pietsch had a large, disconnected set of material to work with. Not sure about the order of the chapters and not wanting to make assumptions about what Wallace would have wanted, he “talked to Little Brown’s e-book staff about creating a version that would enable the reader to arrange the chapters in any order, but was told that was technically unfeasible.”

So, there could have been an e-book version that reflected the nature of the manuscript much better, the last book written by the best writer of the last 30 years (by many people’s estimations). The technology to do that, whether as an app or with JavaScript in an ePub, was and is available. But, someone at the publisher said no. That is a truly world-class missed opportunity, and i really hope whomever it was feels some sense of mild embarrassment, at the very least. The article goes on to say that “…eventually all the manuscript materials will go to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas,” so I hope there will be another opportunity for scholars to explore such a version of an e-book.

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