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Project log

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Over break I worked a lot on ibook author. I used keynote to make several slide shows for my book. These will enable children to look further into each artifact if they want. I am going to be making the voice clips and videos this week. I have scripts written for them all, and a friend who will be the "actor" in them for me. I have most of the layouts done for the pages. I think that I have three left to create as long as none of my plans change. I need to gather a few more pictures to complete the book.

iBooks Author...good or bad?

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I can’t decide if this article scared me, or if it made me feel better. I defiantly like that it is easy to use. The whole concept of creating an iBook from start to finish is very daunting, but iBooks Author makes it a much more approachable concept. I feel like was designed for people who might not be so good at other programs like InDesign. I was excited to read about the widgets which will help make my book more interactive which is one of my main goals. The question and answer widget also seemed very interesting.

It's going to take time!!

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Time. I think it will take time to move beyond the print fetish. Just like any new coming technology, it takes time for a new item to become popular and common house hold object. I think the younger generations will probably be much more accepting of ebooks just because they have been exposed to it much more than our generation and older ones. Ebooks will also have to prove to people that they are “better” than actual books. They will have to provide readers with something that enhances the experience of reading and makes it more enjoyable. People attitudes have to change.

Group Project log 1

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Our group met, and we established a timeline for the month of October. Towards the end of October, we will reassess the timeline based off of what we hear from our books authors. Our timeline follows:

By October 18th- established sample templates, rough sketches of templates, and a font hierarchy. We also plan to have become familiar with our text, and we will have outlined possible ways to enhance graphics, images, and etc. We will also hold a group meeting this day. Goals for meeting include:

Not an Island

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To platform a book means to make it usable across various forms of resources. This could be anything from an eReader to an actual printed book to the internet. Mod discusses all of the different things that have to go into each format. Each of the formats that books can be presented in changes small things in the book. This has the capability to make each reading of the same text somewhat unique. One of the most interesting things that Mod said was that the problem used to be getting the material into the format, but now, the problem is how the eReader affects the text.

Don't allow them to be lazy!

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Will books survive the next generation? Of course they will survive the next generation. I don’t think that question will come up until two or three generations down the road. Books didn’t come about overnight. They were a “technology” that took time to create. Time to develop. Time to spread and become a common house hold item. Before books, people wrote on cave walls. Some of those writing are still around today. Granted, people don’t pick up a cave wall to read any more, but there are still a few around hundreds of years later.

Project Log 1: New Topic Proposal

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For our individual project, I want to create a children’s book. I plan to write a short story about a character who goes around Clemson. I will have to write the story, but several years ago I made a children’s book about important places in my home town, so I could use the same format and just insert information for Clemson. As the character goes through the book, it will arrive at around our university. I have talked with my peers and have made a list of several historical, student life, and sporting events that really standout for students when they think about Clemson.

Losing the Book

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Wachtell made a clear distinction between books and “long-form” text. Long-form texts are simply what go into the physical book. It is the thought, creativity, and actual words that make up long-form text. Wachtell points out that they are a vital part of our world’s history. As long as history can be traced, long-form texts are a major part of our cultures way of communicating. If they were to disappear, how would thoughts, ideas, and history be translated to future generations. Readers would no longer have complex works to read and build creativity and expand their knowledge.

Individual Project Idea

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For our individual project, I want to create a children’s book. I plan to write a short story about a character who goes around Clemson. I will have to write the story, but several years ago I made a children’s book about important places in my home town, so I could use the same format and just insert information for Clemson. As the character goes through the book, it will arrive at different important or historical places in and around our university.

Impulse Buys

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Johnson had some very interesting point about how eBooks are changing the way people read. With eBooks available on the computer, eBook readers, and phones, reading is truly at peoples finger tips. I have only ever considered the fact that eBooks make it easier and cheaper to purchase books. Johnson’s article made me realize that these new readers make it easier for people to stop reading the book rather than to finish it because they were “impulsive” purchases.