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Insta Novels: Bringing Classic Literature to Instagram Stories

In August 2018, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched Insta Novels, an innovative concept that uses Instagram's stories and highlights features to make classic literary stories available to readers worldwide. In this blog post, the NYPL introduces the Insta Novels idea and explains how it works--since Instagram Stories advance automatically, the Insta Novels are designed with a place for the reader's thumb (or mouse for computer users) in the corner to prevent the page from "turning" until they are ready. The debut Insta Novel is Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Magoz, whose conceptual artwork has been featured in The New York Times and many other outlets. At the time of writing, Parts 1 and 2 of Alice have been posted on the library's Instagram account (@nypl), and more are sure to follow. NYPL has stated that Insta Novels editions of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka are also in the pipeline.
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