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New Age Storytelling: The New York Public Library use Instagram as reading tool

November 9, 2018

We live in an age of ever-changing technology, which can sometimes be scary for traditional book-lovers who prefer to stick to paper-backs rather than read off a tablet, kindle, or phone. But, as technology evolves, so too does the way we read stories, with writers, publishers, and libraries faced with the challenge of creating new ideas to engage readers and keep the art and love of story-telling alive in today’s busy, modern word.

The New York Public Library, which has recently introduced Insta Novels to their Instagram account, are the perfect example of a book-loving community fusing technology and stories to create a new, interactive experience for readers.

For those wondering how it works, Instagram offers a ‘story’ feature that allows you to share videos with your friends. The New York Public Library is using this unique feature to bring classic literature back to life in a colourful, fun, and engaging way.

The Insta Novel stories feature an extract from a classical book, which is accompanied by stunning, moving artwork that flows between each page. The artwork is created by well-known designer Magoz, who re-tells classical tales through vibrant animations and bold, striking colours. The Instagram stories take you on a visual journey as you read, creating a unique experience.

Famous novels that have been featured so far on the Library’s Instagram include Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins, and The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

You can view all of the library’s Insta Novel stories on their Instagram Page, and read a bit more about how they work here.


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