Individual Project Log 7: Formatting and Adding Assets

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.

You Get What You Pay For

The phrase, You get what you pay for, is normally used in regards to the consumer and the quality of the item they are purchasing. It infers that to get quality you must pay a higher cost for it, but the idea of free media releases like O'Reilly's book about ibooks author throws a slight wrinkle into this line of thinking. If the phrase is turned around and concentrated toward the producer or manufacturer instead of the consumer, how does its meaning change? In this case, O'Reilly certainly is paying for something.

Free Books for Everyone!

O’Reilly provides his book, Publishing with iBooks Author, for free online, but why would anyone do this? Perhaps the question could be, why don’t people do this more often? Providing a free book almost guarantees that more people will read a book than if the book wasn’t free. You can find plenty of free books online, and the majority of those are probably not worth reading. The fact that they are free though, provides an avenue for readers to discover the books with fairly small cost (monetary, opportunity, and otherwise).

Individual Project Log: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I began filming my introductory video last weekend (having finally recovered from a not-so-common cold), and while I was filming I thought of a completely different opening and enhancements for The Tell-Tale Heart. The opening video, which I need to rewrite, will essentially serve as a Foreword/Introduction in video form. In it, I will explain what the reader is about to experience while still trying to maintain a sense of unease and foreboding. I will attempt to emulate classic openings by Hitchcock or Vincent Price in the opening video.

Project Log Entry 3: Researching the Brothers Grimm

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.

Project Log Week 11: Continuing with iBooks Author

I'm still working with iBooks author with my book. I have about a quarter of my text in it with corresponding images, sounds, and videos. I've also set up a lot of my bookmarks and the bar at the bottom that will keep track of where the reader is in the story. I've had to go back and find more images as I notice large gaps in my story but this hasn't proven to be a large difficulty. I still need to make a few things in Illustrator, like the cave where you can listen to the different choices.

Group Project Log: Collaborating with the contributors

Our group has gotten some excellent feedback from the editors and contributors of WPA Outcomes. One suggestion from them that I certainly hope to implement is the inclusion of certain documents which are referenced in the essays; these could be simple hyperlinks to a new appendix section, however, I think it would be cooler to have the files embedded into the text in such a way that the reader can open and browse the document without necessarily leaving the point they're at in the essay they're reading.

Project Log: Fidgeting with widgets

I've begun building my Mystery story in iBooks author; I have designed the cover, I am extremely pleased with the Intro Video, and they layout I have chosen for the Chapter pages looks pretty dang cool-- for each location that is a part of the story I include a full-page photo along with a brief entry from the book's protagonist (actually technically the reader is the main protagonist). So far I have fleshed out the chapters for Cooper Library and Fort Hill, the first two locations my readers will visit as they unravel the clues.

Medieval Outlaws Project Log

The Medieval Outlaws project is in full swing. The google maps are in development with many of the landmarks already selected and some base icons chosen to make the maps uniform. Dr. Blakesley suggested that we focus on the larger stories so that they were as detailed as possible since they are the main highlights of the book, so we're concentrating on Robin Hood and William Wallace at the moment. I've got a couple 3D images from Google's sketch up warehouse and I may try to incorporate those as well.