From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Literary Machines is a book first published in 1981 by Ted Nelson. It offers an extensive overview of Nelson's term, hypertext as well as Nelson's Project Xanadu. It also includes other theories by Nelson including Tumblers, for addressing bits in files past and present, transclusion as a method for including original work in one's own work, and micropayments to pay for the use. The format of the book is unique as the chapters are arranged in such a way that the text can be read out of order.
- Literary Machines: The report on, and of, Project Xanadu concerning word processing, electronic publishing, hypertext, thinkertoys, tomorrow's intellectual revolution, and certain other topics including knowledge, education and freedom (1981), Mindful Press, Sausalito, California.
- Publication dates as listed in the 93.1 (1993) edition: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993