Bibliotecha is a framework to facilitate the local distribution of digital publications within a small community. It relies on a microcomputer running open-source software to serve books over a local wifi hotspot. Using the browser to connect to the library one can retrieve or donate texts.
Bibliotecha proposes an alternative model of distribution of digital texts that allows specific communities to form and share their own collections.
Lasse van den Bosch Christensen
Roel Roscam Abbing
Bibliotecha was featured on the cover of [lire+écrire] and presented at AMRO festival in Linz (AT), Bureau Europa, Maastricht (NL), Hackers and Designers, Amsterdam (NL), Radical Networks Conference, New York (USA), Dan D festival, Zagreb (CR), as well as featured in Networks of One's Own: three takes on taking care publication.
Networks Of One’s Own is a periodic para-nodal1 publication that is itself collectively within a network2. Each of the episodes is thought of as the ‘release’ of an experimental software stack, contextualised in its specific practice. The series aims to document a set of tools, experiences and ways of working that are diverse in terms of their temporality, granularity and persistence.
The second issue of Networks of One’s Own was initiated by Varia , a Rotterdam based initiative which focuses on working with, on and through everyday technology.
This publication is an occasion to revisit three very different projects that have been important for the emergence of Varia, and for its individual members. These projects give insights into how and why we engage with collaborative practices. While we were gathering in different formations to initiate, develop, organise or present these projects, Varia was being conceived, first as an idea, then as a group and later as a physical space.
As one of the contributors, I worked on the Bibliotecha part of this publication.