Free is always good

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As a poor starving college student, I love free stuff. Whether it's a free t-shirt, free food, or free books, if it's being given out I'm trying to get it. Making books available for free is a huge draw for readers, but it can also be beneficial to the author as well. even though they may might not make money off of the sales for the free book, if the book is at all decent it will attract readers to the author's other books, which he or she can charge for. The free book is an incentive to read more by that author, which will boost the author's ultimate revenue.

Individual Project Update

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The presentation for the president's council went well, they were all very interested in our projects and the power of the technology that we were using. So now it's just a matter of finishing up the pages. I have a few last minute images/tickets to scan in and photoshop. Excited to see the final product!

Where's the Catch?

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Free books are alway good, but peruse the kindle store for the free books & it's either books that are project Gutenberg-esq or books that you don't even want to read. You have to hunt for the diamond in the rough. But with a large publisher releasing a free book like this- people's attention is piqued and the publisher now has the reader's attention. When you just google "oreilly iBooks" the first link is the one posted on the blog. You have the option to add the book to your cart at a price of $0.00. Nifty.

iBooks and Fish

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Last year in my Structure of Fiction class, there was one day where we got into a discussion about authors having Facebook. Our professor and several classmates expressed their frustration at not being able to find out more about their favorite authors because they didn't have a Facebook they could creep on or a Twitter account they could follow. It was usually little to no comfort if the author had a Wikipedia page because these tended to provide scant information.

Giving When it Matters

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Acknowledging the obvious perk of O'Reily's work, it's freeness, I think its considerable to give the audience an easily accessible education. In fact, I believe that every software should come with some sort of how-to manual without cost. Shouldn't software creators understand that not everyone will know the ins and outs of said program; such works that help us uncover the short cuts, allowing for a better final product, should always be available.

O'Reilly Unleashed

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Rather than write about the content of this resource, consider the fact that O'Reilly makes the book available for free, with no DRM (Digital Rights Management). What are the advantages for O'Reilly? For readers (besides the obvious, that it's free)? For the authors? Is a "gift economy" sustainable? Why or why not? Use these tags: reading response, gift economy

Group Project Log 5: Fixing Formatting and Adding Content

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Caroline, Meagan, and Chelsie have all of the text flowed into the iBook. We have been going through, fixing the formatting on any poetry/literature excerpts and adding hyperlinks and image content into the book.

We have also compiled lists of all the hyperlinks and images we want to include in the text.

We feel very confident in our layout/design.

Our ePub came out great! Just a few TOC and chapter break issues to clean up in Sigil.

Everything seems to be shaping up nicely!

Individual Project Log 7: Formatting and Adding Assets

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I've gotten just about all the text flowed into iBooks Author. Thankfully, I was able to preserve most of the source formatting by using the "paste and retain formatting" feature. I just need to go through and double-check my indents and bullets/numbering (which were, sadly, not preserved).

More good news: I was able to copy and paste the diagram images from the text directly from InDesign to iBooks Author! I was afraid that I would have to manually convert each one to an image file or something.