Dr Simon Rowberry


Communications, Media and Culture University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Simon Rowberry

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About me

Simon joined Stirling in 2015 as Lecturer in Digital Media & Publishing. Prior to this, he completed his PhD, “The Literary Web,” at the University of Winchester. His teaching and research focus on the emergence of digital textual media, its historical precedents, and its broader impact on the development of digital media and contemporary publishing. Simon has been invited to talk on the intersection of digital culture and book history at the University of Reading and Society of Indexers Annual Conference and has spoken about the emergence of ebook culture in Lausanne, Seattle and Birmingham. He is a consultant for the AHRC-funded Digital Reading Network. His research into digital readership of Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Pynchon has been published in Nabokov Online Journal, Orbit: Writing around Pynchon, and Proceedings of ACM Hypertext. He is currently working on a history of the Kindle from 2007 to 2011.

Research (1)

Digital textual media; ebooks; digital literature; big data; history of the book; reading and reception.


A Media Archaeology of the US Patent Office Database
PI: Dr Simon Rowberry
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

Outputs (11)


Book Chapter

Butchard D, Rowberry S, Squires C & Tasker G (2017) Peer Review in Practice. In: Rayner S & Lyons R (eds.) Academic Book of the Future: BOOC. London: UCL Press. https://ucldigitalpress.co.uk/BOOC/Article/1/57/; https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911307679.15

Research Report

Butchard D, Rowberry S, Squires C & Tasker G (2016) Peer Review in Practice. University of Stirling. http://peerreviewproject.uk/peer-review-in-practice/

Conference Proceeding

Rowberry S (2011) Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire: The Lost 'father of all hypertext Demos'?. In: HT 2011 - Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia. HT2011: 22nd ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 06.06.2011-09.06.2011. New York: ACM, pp. 319-323. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1995966.1996008