Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit: Feb 1-14, 2012

Thanks, and let's keep going...

Thanks, and let's keep going...

by Richard Schwier -
Number of replies: 3

 

Bye for now...

It's time to say au revoir, but not really. 

Thanks to Sylvia's leadership, Scott Leslie's generosity and terrific videoconference, Hilda and Diana's hard work, and your great contributions, we are already well along the way to creating an e-book to capture and share the wisdom that came out of this conversation over the past two weeks.  Sylvia provided a great post in a discussion thread below that detailed how we can move forward.

But we need YOU!  Could we persuade you (nag or cajole) to take a look at the Google docs that Hilda and Diana created and see what you can add?  We consider this a project we can continuously update, so it can keep changing for a long time, and we will find a way to keep reminding you.

When you create your first e-pub, share with us what you learned from the experience.  When you trip across a great book or resource, share that too.  If you hear about a project that might benefit others, share it.  If you know of a piee of software that might help somebody, toss it into the Google doc.  

We will be grateful for your input, and of course, we will heap lavish amounts of credit and praise on you for anything you contribute.  You are the authors.

Here are the Google docs.  Dig in! 

Google Docs

  1. Rough, messy, but still organized 
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vQNAeXlhzMr7RwJInHQfywwizgzlJjWRAB6omcor5rM/edit
    This Google Doc is to organize chapters, pull relevant quotes from the SCoPE discussion, add links to media, keep track of authors, etc
  2. Clean, readable, and always a work in progress
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AZohACfMGf7V4EL8jjVppCBdUDGtKndwGhsozJQsstQ/edit

And as always, and on behalf of the team that managed the conversation over the last fortnight, thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your ideas.  See you on the other side!

Rick

In reply to Richard Schwier

Re: Thanks, and let's keep going...

by Sylvia Currie -

This has been a very fun, stimulating, and energizing couple of weeks! Rick, thanks so much for taking the time from your extra busy life to guide us through this complex topic. I think there were a lot of questions about e-books that we didn't even know we had! And the bonus was experiencing your inviting facilitation style. Your "au revoir" photo made us all smile. :-)

And I'll second the big thanks to Scott. The framework Scott used to explain platforms and strategies made things so crystal clear. Thanks also Randy and eCampusAlberta Professional Learning community for hosting Scott's session.

As Rick mentioned, our curators Hilda and Diana got us off to a really good start by organizing our discussion into themes/chapters. Remember, "DIG IN" is the approach we're using to bring this evergreen document together so don't hesitate to edit, add, reorder...whatever it takes. We're already exchanging a few ideas using the "comments" option in Google Doc.

Also, a few graphic recorders are keen to use this e-book project to practice capturing asynchronous discussions. Here's my invitation to the "RosViz" group (a community that has formed around annual graphic facilitation workshops):

We've been busy the past couple of weeks at SCoPE talking about e-books, and now we're writing an e-book that pulls and builds on the main themes that emerged from the discussion. I think a BIG missing piece from this project is VISUALS. For sure we don't want this e-book to be all text! Anybody feeling the need for some practice? It would be like graphic recording, only in slow-mo because the discussion is asynchronous.

So keep in mind that your contributions to this e-book can be any kind of media. 

I've added the links to Scott's recording, slides, and the e-book Google docs to our forum description:  http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=8951  Be sure to bookmark those e-book docs and invite your colleagues to add their names and content!

Our next SCoPE seminar begins on Monday, February 20: Cases in Online Interview Research, with Janet Salmons. See you there!

In reply to Sylvia Currie

Re: Thanks, and let's keep going...

by Emma Duke-Williams -

I'm afraid I'm coming rather late to the party - several weeks of marking etc., have meant that I've only skimmed the odd post! 

What I haven't seen, though it's entirely possible it was in posts I skimmed way too fast - is a distinction between the different types of experience you look for in a book

To me; I look in novels for escapism; to draw my own pictures of what the characters look like ... essentially, I guess, I want the book to control me. So, for that, my Kindle is fab. It won't play me scary music if it thinks the plot merits it; it doesn't encourage me to annotate (I can if I'm really desperate); the battery life is awesome - I can read it in the sun (though not under the covers without a torch!) etc. 

On the other hand, non-fiction; I like additional media to help me understand, etc; I want to control it. So, from that point of view; iPads/phones/laptops / even my OLPC is great; I can have the interaction with it that I want, I can read it under the covers (not sure I'd want to for a non-fiction book mind!) - even if not as well in the sun (unless it's the OLPC with its backlit or e-ink screen) - though the battery life isn't as good. 

I did see on thread discussing what to call 'ebooks' (the software) - and presumably the hardware - does eReader apply to them all, (or is that predominantly what I see as my first option)  - and, should there be a different name for the two different types. 

Hope that makes sense; now off to read the posts from the new seminar, so as not to get too far behind!

In reply to Emma Duke-Williams

Re: Thanks, and let's keep going...

by Richard Schwier -
It's never too late, Emma! Thanks for this wonderful contribution. I also have both kinds of devices and I use them both in just the ways you described. I particularly love your description of what you're looking for in a book -- something that captures you and refuses to turn you loose from beginning to end. I think that's a critically important point. A good book is a good book, and it is the story that makes it good. Even in non-fiction and many of the best academic books I've read, it is still about the story. There is a narrative thread that we can follow from beginning to end, and the quality of the writing stands out. In e-writing, I think we need to remember this and keep it at the forefront of our work. We have so many new affordances, and particularly varieties of media available to us, that there may be a tendency to write a book that is choppy. We can add diversions, examples, asides, and take the reader in a bunch of directions. But we may also lose the narrative thread. This probably means we need to pay extra attention to staying inside our own story as we write. Obviously, you've got me thinking, Emma. Thanks for coming to the party!