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

Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit: February 1 - 14, 2012
Facilitator:Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 
Curators / Researchers: Hilda Anggraeni and Diana Chan

Web Conference facilitator: Scott Leslie
Web Conference moderator
Randy LaBonte

I'm no expert, but I've written a few books and most recently a free e-book. I found the process to be similar in many ways to other books I had written, but different in some pretty interesting ways. I thought it would be interesting in this SCoPE seminar to discuss our experiences in writing e-books and e-publications. Is the experience of writing similar to other types of writing we've done, or does it differ in some important ways? Did you discover a new twist to your writing voice? Did your Muse carry an iPad? What are some of the creative and technical affordances and stumbling blocks you've encountered? What software did you use that was helpful (or not helpful)? Did you write the book for profit or free distribution, and how did you promote it? What would you do differently if you were starting over from scratch?

You can see that this will probably be a pretty free-wheeling and wide-ranging conversation.

But here's the hook.

We would like to turn our discussion into an e-book. That's right, and you're a co-author if you contribute to the discussion. We don't know what form it will take exactly -- that depends on where our discussion takes us and what we talk about. But we are going to try to turn it into an e-publication and distribute it free of charge to anyone who wants it.

Because we will be publishing this as an e-pub, feel free to contribute stories, poems, examples, advice, audio files, videos, animations, photos, and drawings -- just be sure you own the rights to the material or provide proper attribution to any Creative Commons material you submit.  And if you say anything you don't want to include, let us know.  

See you on February 1-14.  I'm looking forward to learning from you, and writing WITH you.

This seminar is organized in partnership with eCampusAlberta Professional Learning.

Questions about the HOW part of writing ebooks? This will help:

Our E-BOOK is in the works!

DiscussionStarted byRepliesLast post
Thanks, and let's keep going... 3 Richard Schwier
The Future: What E-Books Might Become 3 Alice Macpherson
Accessibility Options for Ebooks/Readers 1 Richard Schwier
Free ebook sampler preview 2 Susanne Nyrop
Next Steps for Our e-Book 0 Sylvia Currie
Have you written an e-pub? 19 Richard Schwier
Your plans for an e-book or e-pub? 13 Richard Schwier
Software and distribution for e-books? 1 B Ferrell
topical article from Washington State 2 Don Beadle
But will they be readable by anyone anywhere 10 Julia Hengstler
The Book is Dead; Long Live the Book! 6 Richard Schwier
Reading experiences with e-pubs 58 Richard Schwier
February 7 Web Conference: eBook Authoring Strategies and Platforms with Scott Leslie 3 Sylvia Currie
About writing in any medium 7 Bill Thimmesch
Let's get started! 4 Richard Schwier
Apple ibook ??? 4 Scott Leslie
Welcome to our seminar: Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit 0 Sylvia Currie