Hate babies and puppies? Now you can read lit classics on Instagram

The New York Public Library is posting Kafka and Gilman in your feed

By I-Hsien Sherwood. Published on Aug 22, 2018

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For a platform called "Stories," there isn't much storytelling happening on Instagram Stories, at least not in the traditional sense. But as usual, librarians are here to save us from a steady slide into aliteracy.

By following The New York Public Library on Instagram, literature fans unhappy with the text-averse nature of their friends' posts can now read classics like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Metamorphosis" in InstaStories, complete with colorful animations denoting new chapters. Readers can actually "thumb" through the pages of the story, like they would a friend's story feed.

Mother New York created the "InstaNovels" and worked with artists Magoz and César Pelizer on the illustrations for Carroll and Kafka, respectively. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" will also be available later this year, illustrated by Buck Design.

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Aug 22, 2018
New York Public Library
Mother New York

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