Week 16, Dec. 4

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • Reading: No reading response due today
  • On Your Own: Complete work on your book projects.
  • Collecting Books for the Showcase: Put your ibooks and epub files in the "Showcase Books" folder in Dropbox (shared with everyone today).

Submitting Your Projects at the End of the Semester

Your individual iBook project and Collaborative Book Projects are due for presentation at our Showcase on December 6. I will give you one extra day to submit all your materials to the folders (described below), so the files mentioned here should be deposited by the end of day on December 7. You'll need to have the following files completed:

  • iBooks (.ibooks) version of your individual project; for this project, you only need to submit the .ibooks file (see the directions below)
  • ePub (.epub) version of the Collaborative Book Project; for this project, your group should submit the completed .epub file and the InDesign file that you used to generate it (see below for directions)
  • iBooks (.ibooks and .iba) version of the Collaborative Book Project; for this project, you should submit both the "published" iBook and the iBook Author files.

Submitting Your Individual Project: Share a Dropbox folder with david.blakesley@gmail.com that includes a subfolder called "Final iBook." (The folder you share can be your working folder for the project.) Once I retrieve your file, I'll "leave" the folder so that you can do whatever you'd like with it after the semester. For the file name, use a descriptive title, with no spaces (you can use an underscore_ to seperate words). I would also like you to include a short (half-page) description of your book project, something that could be used as the book description if it were to be published in the iBookstore (for example).

Submitting Your Collaborative Project: Place the finished .epub and final InDesign file in a subfolder of the project's Dropbox folder called "Completed Books." In addition to submitting the books, your team should prepare a one-page document called "Submission Notes" that describes things like a) the special features of your book(s), if any; b) any remaining fixes or challenges; c) notes to someone who might need to work on the book(s) further (e.g., what will they need to know? to do?)

I'll also want each team member to complete a short collaborative project evaluation form (attached below as a Word doc) and submit to me independently by email and no later than December 7.

Thursday, December 6

  • Showcase in 1941 Studio: Set up at 9:00; event runs from 9:30 to 11:00 am.

Be sure to turn in all your work by the end of the day on December 7. Email your collaborative project evaluation form to Dr. B (dblakes@clemson.edu) also.

Project Log Entry 5: Das Ende

After spending weeks researching the Grimm brothers and searching for public domain images and other media to go along with what I found out, The Enchanted Grimms' Fairytales is finally complete. And surprisingly, putting it all together was much easier than I expected. Although I was terrified earlier in the semester that I would have no idea what I was doing when it finally was time for me to begin putting content in my iBook, the actual making of the iBook went smoothly. I undoubtedly owe it to the selection of articles Dr. Blakesley had us read.

Bye for now Burke

We presented our collaborative iBook today! We used this week to tie up some last minute details with audio and images (making sure they were public domain, etc). We were really excited with how the book turned out and complimented the print copy that was available. We all agreed that if we had more time we would try and figure out how to format the table of contents a little differently and collect more assets regarding Burke's history. We have also been in touch with the editors of "Equipment for Living"- they mentioned putting together a video clip.

Fellowship of The Fowl

Wow I would have never thought how much fun I would have with this project. I truly enjoyed creating my iBook. I am glad I got to do it on something that I am very passionate about and hopefully will teach other the benefits of turkey hunting. I ran into a few issues concerning videos and the correct format for macs. I was able to solve this proble by converting the files on a website I found online. With these being done, the book really came together and added alot more interaction with the reader.

Morte D'Arthur Collaborative Project Group Log 7

Our group met for the last time today before the Showcase on December 6th. Both the epub and ibook versions of our books are completed. Over the last couple of days, Will has finished linking (both ways) the references to the additional TOCs giving us 3 completely linked TOCs. Will is also uploading the final versions into the correct folders for the Showcase tomorrow. I have also added citations for all of our in-text images and a list of chapter illustrations that was added to the beginning of the book.

Project Completed - Available Means of Persuasion

Our iba and ibook are uploaded to the Completed Books folder of Dropbox. Today we formatted the Title page, proofread the ibook for errors, and changed the pagination to reflect the paperback book. Yesterday we changed the figure notes beneath images to captions in order to maintain consistency and reduce fluctuation of the body text. The images within the table of contents were loaded and formatted. We appreciate the continued support of our professor who let us keep the current layout of our table of contents.

Project Log: Pianos and Panoramas

I have been neglecting my individual project in favor of my group one in recent weeks, but I made a significant amount of progress over the weekend. I have finalized the overall layout of my iBook, so all that remains is to fill it with as much content as possible. I still have need of a few specific photos that I will probably try to shoot myself this week before the showcase. I have written a good deal of original prose for my book, but it will be difficult to complete the story in a staisfactory manner by the end of this semester.

Outlaws Project Log

The project is now mostly complete. The ibooks version is done except for the last chapter and the epub version is all ready minus the meta data. Once these two aspects of the project are done, then Medieval Outlaws will have a new epub and ibooks version. There are still a lot of tweaks left before its ready for publication though, so I will have to spend some time outlining these problem areas in my submission notes. Overall, this has been a rewarding but challenging project, but I think the end results will be good.

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