Digital Culture


In the parlance of 1337 speak: OMFG.

I want these so bad I can taste it.

Hill House Publishers (beware shoddy web design) has made deals with two of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson to publish limited signed and numbered editions of some of their works. And what editions…boxed, silk-bound, and in Gaiman’s case often with the “author’s edition” text, with sections that were cut from the published editions. Their edition of American Gods has 12,000 words that weren’t in the previously published editions.

They are also doing the amazingly cool “Neil Gaiman Author’s Preferred Limited Edition Series” subscription service, where you not only get the books in the series, but limited edition one-time printings of Gaiman stuff not available anywhere else, like the recently published “Screenplay” (a slight-of-hand way of referencing a screenplay he did for Good Omens). They appear to be doing the entire Stephenson Baroque Cycle in these limited edition versions…my mind boggles.

Unfortunately, so does the pocketbook. These will run you around $200 each, so it appears that they will remain a distant dream. On one hand, I’m sure they will appreciate in value…on the other hand, you’re talking about $200 for books that I already own. But what books….the bibliophile in me weeps.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

4 replies on “*drooooooooooool*”

Yep, Justin…I’m a step ahead of you there. 🙂 I already emailed them to see if they were interested in getting their site updated. It really it pretty bad.

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