Electronic Literature Lab

Capturing Mobile Experiences


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Preserving literary mobile apps before they become outmoded or discontinued at the Apple and Android stores

Capturing Mobile E-Lit

E-lit works created as native apps and published at the Apple and Android stores often become outmoded or no longer supported at the stores. Without access to the original files, these works disappear from the public. To date, some of the most experimental and important mobile e-lit works have become lost, including Evan and Geoffrey Young's The Carrier, Erik Loyer's Strange Rain, and Megan Heyward's The Secret Language of Desire. This project to capture mobile e-lit aims to save those works (for which we have permission) in order to keep them accessible to the reading public.


Preservation technique for saving mobile e-lit works

Digital Tools

Adobe Premiere

Example Work