Week 2

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Tuesday, August 28

Due Today

  • Reading: Steven Johnson, "How the eBook Will Change the Way We Read and Write" (Dropbox; filename: Johnson-ebooks-WSJ.pdf)
  • Reading Response: Post a response to Steven Johnson's article that addresses one of these questions: 1) What's the most important or interesting thing you learned about the relation between ebooks and reading/writing? 2) Johnson published this article in 2009. To what extent have his predictions come to pass? 3) How have eBooks changed your reading or writing? Use the tags: reading response and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)
  • Be sure to post your Introduction as a comment to my post on our front page.
  • Dropbox: You'll receive an invitation to join a Dropbox folder that we'll use throughout the semester to share files. Many course readings have already been put there. You should install the Dropbox client if you haven't already.

On Your Own

  • First 10 minutes: Read and respond to some of the reading responses posted for today.

Group Activities

  • Discuss collaborative projects.
  • Discuss Steven Johnson, "How the eBook Will Change the Way We Read and Write"

For Thursday, August 30

  • Reading: Select at least one recent article from the course's Feed Aggregator and read it. A response is optional.
  • Reading Responses: Comment on the reading responses from Tuesday, and be sure to reply to any comments on your own responses.
  • Video: Watch "The Future of the Book" by IDEO

Thursday, August 30

Due Today

  • Reading: Select at least one recent article from the course's Feed Aggregator and read it. A response is optional.
  • Reading Responses: Comment on the reading responses from Tuesday, and be sure to reply to any comments on your own responses.

Group Activity

Learning Module 1: Using Styles in Adobe InDesign (details to be provided in class)

For Tuesday, September 4

  • Reading: "Mao, King Kong, and the Future of the Book" (Dropbox; filename: BobStein-Interview.pdf). You can read this online in its orginal format at Triple Canopy: http://canopycanopycanopy.com/9/mao__king_kong__and_the_future_of_the_book; please also read the colloquy with Bob Stein hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education (Dropbox; filename: BobStein-ebooks-colloquy.pdf)
  • Reading Response: Describe what Bob Stein says about the composition of ebooks or the creation of technologies that enable their composition. Do you think there's enough attention to how such books should be written (and made), or is most of the attention paid to their form and distribution? (That's a rhetorical question, I guess!). Use the tags: reading response, Bob Stein, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.) Bob Stein may be invited to read and participate . . .