Week 3, Sept. 7

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Tuesday, September 4

Due Today

  • 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 . . .

On Your Own

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

Group Activities

  • Discussion of individual projects and topic proposals (this discussion will continue on Thursday)

For Thursday, September 6

  • 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.

Thursday, September 6

  • 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.
  • Discussion: Topic Proposals for the Individual Project. The goal will be to post a topic proposal by next Tuesday. (Post these as a blog entry with the tag: Project 1)

Learning Module 2: Creating and Modifying InDesign Styles (details provided in class). You will need to get the "SampleDocforLearningModule2.docx" from the 487-687 Dropbox subfolder "Learning Modules." You'll receive a printed copy of the module directions in class. A Word version of those directions is archived in the Learning Modules folder. Your goal is to complete the module by the end of class.

For Tuesday, September 11

  • Reading: "Of Two Minds about Books" (Dropbox; filename: Of Two Minds about Books-NYTimes.pdf). Please also read "The Cult of the Book--And Why It Must End" (Dropbox; filename: The Cult of the Book—and Why It Must End.pdf)
  • Reading Response: Why do you think the "lingering hegemony of print" (as a metaphor, a way of viewing the world/writing/communication/books) is so persistent? Why do you think some people hate ebooks even if they've never seen or read one? What do you think has to happen for digital books (including digital scholarship) to be accepted more widely? Use the tags: reading response, hegemony of print, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)
  • Topic Proposals for Individual Project: Post a one-page topic proposal as a blog entry (tags: individual project, topic proposal). Next Tuesday, you'll be given a full introduction to this project. For now, try to describe the type of multi-touch, interactive book that you want to create (the genre or form), the audience(s), and in what ways your book might be innovative. Possible approaches are described in the Course Description, so re-read that if you're still looking for ideas.