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Institute for the Future of the Book

Institute for the Future of the Book

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Telling Social Stories with Storify After my post about perceptions versus reality in the classroom a few weeks ago, several folks wrote to ask about Storify. I’ve been playing around with Storify for a few months now, since the very end of its private beta, and I like the way I can weave tweets, links, videos, and other media into one coherent storyline. The interface is as simple as it could be: on the left side, you can browse through content from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google search, RSS feeds, or by entering links directly. For the latter three kinds of content, Storify will attempt to create an icon and headline for the items you find. For social media and YouTube items, Storify will embed the entire tweet or video into your timeline.

The Big List of Android eBook Reader Apps The Great Big List of Android eBook Apps I first created this list in early 2010 when I was using my Android phone to keep up on books while waiting for my nook to arrive from Barnes & Noble. Since then, it has grown and evolved. I don't read primarily on an Android device anymore, so if anyone finds something that has changed, is inaccurate, or a great addition to the list, feel free to comment here or send me a PM. I'll make sure to give credit and karma when possible.

Digital Texts and the Future of Education: Why Books? (EDUCAUSE Quarterly Key Takeaways Students have expectations for interactivity and connectedness when they use digital devices, yet these expectations are frequently unmet when using most digital textbooks, resulting in a lack of mass adoption. Visions of media-rich, cost-efficient educational texts available on a variety of digital devices seem frustratingly slow to solidify due to a wide range of factors, including failure to effectively exploit the pedagogical potential of mobile devices.

EPUB EPUB (short for electronic publication; sometimes styled ePub) is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epub. EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device. EPUB also supports fixed-layout content. The format is intended as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale. It supersedes the Open eBook standard.[2] The Future of Archives is Participatory: Archives as Platform, or A New Mission for Archives This is the talk I gave this morning—by phone rather than in person because of the Lufthansa pilots’ strike—at the Offene Archive 2.1 conference in Stuttgart. It’s also similar to the talk I gave in Oslo a few weeks ago at the #arkividag conference. While I also made a recording of it as a backup, since I have it all more or less written out I thought I would post it here too. (I’ve inserted a few images from my presentation but not all the transitional slides or ones that are just repeating things in the text or showing screenshots.) There are some interesting ideas in it, I think, and I’m sure some readers will have comments and additional food for thought.

Apple iPad Showdown: Battle of the eReader Apps Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June of 2010. It has been updated as of July 2011 with current content. Apple's iPad has arguably become the ultimate eBook reading platform, with several reader apps and stores that are now supported on the device. Here's the lowdown so you can make the best choices in which eBook app software to use on your iPad.

Inkling Inkling has built a better way to learn. We help doctors diagnose. We help businesses grow. We inspire students to learn. Our technology is now behind some of the world’s most compelling learning systems. And we’ve only just begun. Content Curation Tools: The Ultimate List For content marketers, content curation is integral to online strategy. Effective curation helps position you as a thought leader in your space, and is an economical way to maintain a consistent publishing schedule of quality content. But manually trying to find the most relevant content in a given industry and then publishing it across multiple channels can be time-consuming. Follow-Up Interview With Jane Friedman About The E-Publishing Process While we were attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference earlier this year, I challenged Jane Friedman to write a book on the future of publishing. Much to my surprise, she took me up on it. On April Fool’s Eve, I posted an interview with Jane just prior to the unveiling of “The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations” on April Fool’s Day. I thought readers would be interested in hearing first-hand what it’s like to self-publish a short, smart, humor e-book, so I asked Jane for another interview this time with a behind-the-scenes look at the e-book creation process. I hope you enjoy it.

College Open Textbooks Blog The PhysWiki Dynamic Textbook Project The PhysWiki is one of seven integral components of the STEMWiki Dynamic Textbook Project (DTP), a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access textbooks to improve STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at all levels of higher learning. The central aim of the DTP is to develop and disseminate free, virtual, customizable textbooks that will substitute for current, commercial paper texts in multiple courses at post-secondary institutions across the nation. All are licensed Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike.

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