Week 4, Sept 11

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Tuesday, September 11

Due Today

  • 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.

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. Review the guidelines for the the Individual Project.

For Thursday, September 13

  • 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 13

  • 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.
  • Peer Feedback on Individual Project: Try to write three responses offering feedback and suggestions (pats on the back are nice, but try to go beyond that, too). What would you expect to see in such a book? Post these by the end of the day today.

Learning Module 3: InDesign Styles and the Table of Contents. Follow the direction in the Learning Module 3.doc (Dropbox > 487-687 Readings and Assets > Learning Modules folder to create an InDesign document that has a Table of Contents saved file. Be sure to save the InDesign file for use in Learning Module 4.

For Tuesday, September 18

  • Reading: "Books Aren't Crucial, but Long-Form Texts Are" (Dropbox; filename: Books Not Crucial-but Long-Form Texts Are.pdf).
  • Reading Response: Why does Wachtell think "long-form" texts are vitally important? What challenge do they pose for publishers? Why are they important for readers? Use the tags: reading response, long-form text, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)
  • Topic/Approach Development: Using feedback from your peers, revise your proposal or approach and post it as the first entry in your Project Log. Describe what you plan to do, why, what you hope to learn from the project, the audience for your book, and anything else that provides a context for the project. (tags: project log, topic proposal)Due: End of day on Tuesday, Sept. 18.