The Mobile Story.inddAre you teaching a course on digital storytelling this coming semester? If you’re covering topics related to mobile technologies, electronic literature, gaming, maps, or locative media, please consider adopting The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies for your course. This book was specifically written with accessibility in mind, geared toward an audience of undergraduate readers (though I think it will be of interest to faculty and graduate students also). Alongside the text, this website offers a range of resources for faculty using the book in the classroom. See especially the “Hands-On Explorations” of each chapter.

This is Routledge’s foray into an “e-book first” release (fitting given the book’s focus) and is available as an inexpensive e-book (alongside the more expensive hardcover book for libraries).

Here’s the short blurb about the book: What happens when stories meet mobile media? In this cutting-edge collection, contributors explore digital storytelling in ways that look beyond the desktop to consider how stories can be told through mobile, locative, and pervasive technologies. This book offers dynamic insights about the new nature of narrative in the age of mobile media, studying digital stories that are site-specific, context-aware, and involve the reader in fascinating ways. Addressing important topics for scholars, students, and designers alike, this collection investigates the crucial questions for this emerging area of storytelling and electronic literature. Topics covered include the histories of site-specific narratives, issues in design and practice, space and mapping, mobile games, narrative interfaces, and the interplay between memory, history, and community.

Below is the Table of Contents for the book:

PART I: Narrative and Site-Specific Authorship

1. Site-Specificity, Pervasive Computing, and the Reading Interface

Jason Farman

2. The Interrelationships of Mobile Storytelling: Merging the Physical and the Digital at a National Historic Site

Brett Oppegaard and Dene Grigar

3. Re-Narrating the City Through the Presentation of Location

Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith


PART II: Design and Practice

4. The Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Locative Narratives

Jeff Ritchie

5. Location Is Not Compelling (Until It Is Haunted)

Mark Sample

6. Dancing with Twitter: Mobile Narratives Become Physical Scores

Susan Kozel, with Mia Keinanen and Leena Rouhiainen

7. Walking-Talking: Soundscapes, Flâneurs , and the Creation of Mobile Media Narratives

John F. Barber


PART III: Space and Mapping

8. Locative Media in the City: Drawing Maps and Telling Stories

Didem Ozkul and David Gauntlett

9. Paths of Movement: Negotiating Spatial Narratives through GPS Tracking

Lone Koefoed Hansen

10. On Common Ground: Here as There

Paula Levine


PART IV: Mobile Games

11. The Geocacher as Placemaker: Remapping Reality through Location-Based Mobile Gameplay

Ben S. Bunting, Jr.

12. Proximity and Alienation: Narratives of City, Self, and Other in the Locative Games of Blast Theory

Rowan Wilken

13. Playing Stories on the Worldboard: How Game-Based Storytelling Changes in the World of Mobile Connectivity

Bryan Alexander

14. “I Heard It Faintly Whispering”: Mobile Technology and Nonlocative Transmedia Practices

Marc Ruppel


PART V: Narrative Interfaces

15. Narrative Fiction and Mobile Media after the Text-Message Novel

Gerard Goggin and Caroline Hamilton

16. Stories of the Mobile: Women, Micro-Narratives, and Mobile Novels in Japan

Larissa Hjorth

17. Telling Their Stories through iPad Art: Narratives of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Jennifer Chatsick, Rhonda McEwen, and Anne Zbitnew


PART VI: Memory, History, and Community

18. Mobile Media after 9/11: The September 11 Memorial & Museum App

Alberto S. Galindo

19. Enhancing Museum Narratives: Tales of Things and UCL’s Grant Museum

Claire Ross, Mark Carnall, Andrew Hudson-Smith, Claire Warwick, Melissa Terras, and Steven Gray

20. Mobilizing Cities: Alternative Community Storytelling

Mark C. Marino