Liza Daly

I present and write about corporate and engineering culture, digital publishing, interactive narrative, and web tech. Formerly I was CTO at Safari (owned by O'Reilly Media) and prior to that I founded a digital publishing company called Threepress, which Safari acquired.

I've been quoted about "Digital Detox" and the effect of the iPad on reading (NYT, 2010), ebooks in the cloud (Wired, 2011), and on strategies to help introverts network (FastCompany, 2015). In 2007, O'Reilly Media published my book, Next-Generation Web Frameworks in Python, which is out of date so don't read it.

I'm interested in working with thoughtful collaborators on projects related to digital words, culture, and narrative. The best way to reach me is via Twitter: @liza.

Photograph of Liza Daly

Projects and articles

Page from Seraphs

Seraphs: A procedurally generated mysterious codex

Part of National Novel Generation Month, Seraphs generates a 400+ page book based on the Voynich Manuscript. Featured on The Pacific Standard, Metafilter, and written about by author Robin Sloan. How it was created. Order a printed version.

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Code to generate compositions that resemble surrealist photomontages in the style of early surrealists, using period images from the Internet Archive. Gallery of photos and in print.

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First Draft of the Revolution

“First Draft of the Revolution is a marvel—an exploration of the space between the mind and the page the likes of which I've never experienced.” Kotaku

An interactive epistolary story I commissioned from Emily Short. I designed and coded the initial prototype which was then completed by Inkle. Play in a browser now, or download an EPUB 3 for use in iBooks.

Winner, Best Use of Innovation, 2013 XYZZY Awards.

Liza Daly

Twitter bots

Most of my free coding time seems to go to ridiculous Twitter bots, which I enjoy enough to have written a step-by-step guide to coding them.

@soamazingquote finds tweets with inspirational-sounding messages and mis-attributes them to famous people like Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln.

@i_luv_recipes picks a random recipe, parses its ingredients, and makes random substitutions, just like people who comment on internet recipes.


The superior economics of well-crafted ebooks
BookNet Canada ebookcraft 2014
Streaming digital books
Accessible interactivity
Cost-effective enhanced ebooks
Digital Book World 2011
EPUB evolutions: HTML5 and CSS3
Tools of Change Frankfurt 2010