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Fellowship of The Fowl

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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.

WPA Outcomes Project Log

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So today our project seems to be moving pretty slow considering we are missing a valuable team member, Carson! Sam is doing his best to finish up the indesign part of our group project while I am struggling with the iPad part that Carson usually helps with. Still, I believe we are on the right track to finish our project on time and do a great job as well. Hopefully the next time we meet out of class the MATRF will be open!

WPA Outcomes Project Log

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Our WPA Outcomes group has been making big strides concerning our assets and physical book both in InDesign and iBooks Author. The contributors of our book were immensely helpful and very eager to help our group's cause. We exchanged numerous emails that Dr. Blakesly was able to facilitate. With the newly acquired assets we were able to begin enhancing our ebook on iBooks Author. We are working out the kinks in both operating systems but making steady progress.

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

iBook Simplicity

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There are so many possibilities that ibooks author has made a reality. I absolutely love ibooks author for its simplicity and ease of use. I will be the first to admit that I know little about computers and even less about Adobe InDesign. I do not like it at all. I find it unnatural and very deceiving. iBooks Author seems to me like a Microsoft Powerpoint for publishing books. It is just as easy and has some of the same features such as premade templates, chart creation, tables, etc... For a free apple app I believe iBooks Author to be awesome and super easy.

New Fetish Arising

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What do you think it will take to move beyond the print fetish, or what I've called "the lingering hegemony of print." What has to change? How will it change? Why might it be considered a "fetish."

Platforming Too Far?

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I believe that Craig Mod could sell a used car for more than it was worth brand new. The man can sell some ideas because he fully invests and believes in them. Quite frankly though, I am a little confused by platforming. I believe Mod is talking about purchasing a form of a text and offer it to others via internet in all types of forms. Sure it sounds awesome, but damn what about the author or artist of the work? Are they going to have any compensation or credit for their work? Or is it going to just be a new and improved kazaa for text instead of music.

Ebooks Good Enough?

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I chose to read the article about are ebooks good enough already. Honestly, i think the devices that have come out lately for ebooks are very advanced. These machines such as the ipad, ipod, kindle, etc... seem to be making ebooks much better and way more popular than they have been in the past. This being said, for the time being I believe the machines out have made ebooks good enough....for now. But I also believe that there is room for improvement not that I exactly would know how to do anything about but I am sure the scientists and technicians are already addressing.

Clinging to the Past

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Romano....c'mon man. This is a very twisted argument that has a simple solution. First, do kids have shorter attention spans "these days" compared to previous generations? Yes, I guess you could say that (not that I knew my parents or grandparents as kids so who would I be to judge this) so let me answer again. Yes, from what I have been told "kids these days cannot focus like they use to." Oh come on this is some bs. I will tell you why kids don't "focus as well" or better yet obey elders such as professors or mentors like they have in the past.

Project Log for Week 4: Turkey Takes Shape

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The peer review comments were extremely helpful in devising a format for my ebook “An Interactive Guide to Turkey Hunting.” The fact that everyone in the class knows so little about the sport gave me some terrific ideas that I had never thought of. The best idea I read was the quiz at the beginning of the book. This quiz could act as a starting point for the reader. Based on the knowledge of the reader, the quiz will then take them to the section that they should begin on.

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