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The elephant has left the room

Jacket magazine and the Internet

Compugraphic 7700 typesetter, circa 1980, John Tranter at the keyboard
Compugraphic 7700 typesetter, circa 1980, John Tranter at the keyboard

This 11-page downloadable PDF file is available now on the website of JASAL at the Australian National Library. JASAL = the Journal for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Abstract

Australian poet John Tranter trained in all aspects of publishing, from hand-lettering to editing, from litho platemaking to screen printing, and developed an early familiarity with computers. The development of the Internet in the 1990s found him armed with a formidable array of skills. He published the first issue of the free international Internet-only magazine «Jacket» single-handed in 1997. «Jacket» quickly grew to become the most widely read and highly respected literary magazine ever published from Australia.

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