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Project Log Entry 5: Das Ende

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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.

Project Log Entry 4: Refining Information in Captions

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I'm now finally starting to pull things together on my individual project. Today I'm working on collecting fun facts and other bits of trivia for the captions that will coincide with the pictures I've gathered. I've been re-reading the three original stories I got from Project Gutenberg and picking out details that will be good to elaborate on.

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.

Project Log Entry 3: Researching the Brothers Grimm

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Doing a lot of research on JSTOR and other scholarly sites for the three stories I will be "enhancing." So far I've found a lot of content on the Grimm brothers themselves and their collection process. Apparently, they edited their stories over and over again until the final edition of Grimms' Fairytales was published in the 1850s. I'm going to have to look at what edition of the stories I've gotten from Project Gutenberg and potentially explore how they're different from those found in earlier/later editions.

Hallelujah!!!

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I wished we'd read the "Apple's iBooks Author: The iTunes of Self-Publishing Apps?" article much earlier in the semester because finally(!) I understand what we're doing in this class. Perhaps it was my lack of listening skills or my lack of technological savvy that prevented me from comprehending what we were doing up 'til now. By the number of questions I ask (about everything, not just what's going on in class), I'd say it's probable that I need fuller explanations than most, so maybe we can leave the explanation with that.

Online Articles

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I want to respond to Lee Bessette's "Print Fetish" article with another article (found here) mostly because her tweet about "the 'temporary' nature of the digital" is, in some cases, dead on. The article that I posted I was asked to read for another English class in order to grasp a better understanding of online literary magazines.

Morte D'Arthur Collaborative Project Group Log

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Work on the e-book versions of Dorsey Armstrong's translation of Morte D'Arthur is coming along smoothly. Our group intends to do an epub version as well as an iBooks Author version of the book. Both versions will have illustrations from the era that the book was written and from artists who've chosen to depict events from the story in more recent centuries. We aim to make both versions more colorful than the current print version and have considered making the headings at the top of each page the same bold red color as can be found on the cover of the print book.

Marketing a "Mod" Product

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Craig Mod aims to please. And, boy, does he succeed because Craig Mod is sharp. I shouldn't have to point out his perfectly tailored suit complete with perfectly cocked pocket square for you to see how it's true. The man is good looking and appears thoughtful and easy-going in public, which subsequently makes him charming. The reason why I say all this is because of a lecture I heard on Sunday while attending the Student Media Bootcamp. A marketing professor came to speak to me and other members of student publications.

Project Log Entry 2: Content Collecting

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Searching for content to put into my e-book has made me realize just how criminally deviant I am. I didn't know how hard it is to find pictures that I am legally allowed to use until I started working on this project. All of the resources that I typically use to find pictures (Google Images, deviantArt, Etsy, etc.) are now suddenly unavailable to me and the few that are available to me aren't a lot more helpful.

2012-2010=2

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I decided to read the "Platforming Books" article by Craig Mod for our "read something from the feed aggregator" assignment and it's so long and contains so many different ideas that I really don't know where to begin, but to ask myself "How did Dr. Blakesley get involved in digital publishing?"

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