With its noirish murder mystery miniseries The Night Of, HBO has introduced yet another innovation bound to alter people’s TV-watching habits. The show officially premiered on Sunday, July 10, but the cable network made the first episode (of eight) available to subscribers through HBO On Demand and its online HBOGO service more than two weeks earlier.

Annie Proulx’s new novel, Barkskins, takes on a vast subject: the destruction of the forests of North America and, by rapacious extension, the world—even of life itself on our sizzling little planet. It’s perhaps an irony that a whole forest must’ve been felled to produce the paper pulp the print edition of this 700-plus-page epic required. In this case it was worth it.