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Individual Project Progress

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I've finished illustrating my children's book, aside from the cover page (which I'll work on this week). Now I need to upload everything to iBooks author, add some animations and sound, and add in the text. After that it will be cleaning up the product and checking for any mistakes.

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.

Textbooks

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The main thing that interested me about the iBook article was its focus on textbook-like books. Which makes sense, seeing as iBooks seems to be geared towards textbooks. This is a problem for me, however, because I plan on making a children's book for my individual project. It doesn't seem to support as many large picture-small text overlay formatting. My idea of this might change once I am able to play around with the software, but this article shows that it may be difficult. That being said, I do see the benefits of using iBooks author if you want to create a textbook.

Print Fetishes

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I used to have a print fetish. And I still do, in a way. I love the way books look on my bookshelf and the knowledge that I've read, or at least started, almost all of them. I love having the classics in nice editions decorating my shelves, even though I can get most of them free on my Kindle. And when I get published, I want to have my book in hardback, not just on my Kindle. As far as publishing goes, I think a physical book just makes it more real, especially for a burgeoning author.

Platforming Books

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As more technology is invented and distributed, publishers are forced to accommodate their products to fit that technology. We've seen it in e-books, iPad editions, and online sources. In his article, Craig Mod describes the different platforms and technology available for books to become something more than just paper and ink. By platforms, Mod suggests the foundation that different kinds of e-books are built upon.

Academe 2020

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Colleges are moving towards including less full text books, but this isn't because of students' shorter attention spans, in my opinion. It's just because there's so much material that professors can't hope to cover everything they need to in a semester and still include thorough readings of multiple books. That being said, many professors still do. I am still required to read all of Great Expectations for a class, despite the novel's imposing length. And that's okay.

Read on!

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Yes! Physical books aren't important, it's the ideas they contain that are the valuable, need-to-be-preserved things. So says Wachtell, and I agree. She says that long-form texts (or lofty ideas) are the driving force behind publishers and often readers, and that no matter what format they are delivered in, they are vital to us because they make us think. But, as Machtell points out, they are not cheap. That's where the danger lies--people want to pay less for books, but the cost remains the same as far as the contributors to that book are concerned.

Revised Topic Proposal

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I'm going to stick with much of my original idea, a children's book that I wrote a while ago about a raindrop going through the water cycle for the first time. I really liked one of the comments that directed me to an app that is created specifically for creating largely picture-oriented content like children's books. I'm going to look into that for sure. As far as the content goes, I want to include a lot of sound and visual effects such as the sound of rainfall and wind when appropriate, dialogue being made available to listen to, and ripples where the raindrops meet the water surface.

Topic Proposal for Individual Project

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I want to create a children’s book that will allow children to both read the content and see the actions happening on the page in front of them. Having no idea what’s possible with my limited knowledge and the time available, I’m not sure completely what I’m going to do in my book. I think it would be fun, however, if I were able to create an e-book version of a children’s book that I came up with a year or two ago.

I'm a Believer

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Until about two (or less) years ago, I was one of the people who thought that an e-book could never compare to a paper book that I can hold in my hands. Once I realized the convenience of a Kindle, however, and then discovered the e-ink properties of it that make it read like a real book, I overcame my uncertainties and asked for a Kindle for Christmas. Harry Potter was the reason I changed; I was rereading the series, which I own in hardback format, and was lugging one or two books to school each day along with my notebooks and textbooks. My back hurt.

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