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One research topic for the new digital humanities (DH) has been the means of its own production and of the production of academic discourse in general in the digital age. DH practitioners are in a good position to serve as subjects in their own experiments in publishing, and especially when it comes to exploring the relationship between print and digital forms. Commercial publishing has been experiencing a serious economic and institutional crisis for years, even decades with pronounced effects on retail booksellers, for example, producing succeeding waves of elegies for the book, as e-readers proliferate. DH scholars seem to be involved in an always-changing online ecosystem of blogging, microblogging, and more complicated forms of open-access and comment-friendly platforms for reviewing and publishing. The most interesting instances of the analog backlash, the bookish resistance to digitization, often contain within themselves the evidence of the very complications that may seem at first to be trying to escape.