Floppy Disk Fever: The Curious Afterlives of a Flexible Medium

Book review by Deane Barker

This is an odd book. It’s…neat, but I don’t understand why on Earth anyone published it.

It’s a series of interviews about people who are still doing interesting things with floppy disks. They’re using them to distribute “diskmags,” or using them in artwork, or hoarding them, or doing something else at the intersection of floppy disks and retro-computing.

It’s kinda fun, but I don’t understand who the audience is. It’s a pure interview book, which could have been done better as a podcast or blog series, or something. It seems kind of weird to publish this as a book when there’s no narrative to it.

I did like a look back at a more innocent time of computing, so I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t quite get it, either.


Added on

I stumbled on this article: Obsolete, but not gone: The people who won’t give up floppy disks

Book Info

Niek Hilkmann, Thomas Walskaar, Lori Emerso
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  • A softcover copy of this book is currently in my home library.

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