The Book as iPad App

Interactive ebooks and their future for education. Learn how new book formats are enabling better learning experiences.
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Instructed by Nicole Hennig Business / Media
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  • Lectures 72
  • Contents Video: 3 hours
    Other: 36 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2012 English

Course Description

iPads are everywhere, touching off a revolution of innovative books being published as apps—book apps that take advantage of the iPad's multi-touch interface and multimedia capabilities.

In this course, you'll become familiar with specific book apps in different categories, and learn how these apps are pushing the boundaries of the medium.

We will NOT be discussing plain text titles available on the Kindle, Nook, & other platforms. Instead we'll focus on multimedia, interactive books that are released as individual apps, such as London: A City Through Time (available in the iTunes store for iPads).

In each section of the course you'll watch video demos of particular interactive book apps, read several interesting articles and discuss everything in the class forums. There is a total of about 8-10 hours of work, which you can do at your own pace, with perpetual access.

We'll have discussions about the future of the book as a medium.

● What do these changes mean for readers, libraries, authors, and publishers?

● What are the qualities of a delightful reading experience?

● How are these apps enabling learning and which features and qualities enable a the best experience for readers?

A resource guide is included, with links to recommended book apps, additional readings, publishers to watch and blogs to follow.

What are the requirements?

  • You'll get the most from this course if you have your own iPad and a budget of approximately $15 - $50 to spend on book apps mentioned in the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • familiarity with some of the best books apps currently available and understanding of what makes them the best
  • specific information to help you become an expert reviewer of book apps
  • ideas and inspiration for creating your own interactive books (a future course)

What is the target audience?

  • educators (K-12 or higher ed)
  • librarians (from all types of libraries)
  • authors (get ideas for your own interactive books)
  • publishers (become familiar with what's possible when a book is an app)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Getting started
Welcome to the course!
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About the instructor
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Testimonials
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Introduce yourself here
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All the course readings on one handy page
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Section 2: Examples: what is a book app?
Overview of section 2
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Reading: Interactive ebook apps: the reinvention of reading
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Reading: Some differences between ebooks, enhanced books, and apps
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Reading: E-books and Their Containers: A Bestiary of the Evolving Book
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Reading: Are apps the future of book publishing?
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Reading: Reinventing the book for the digital age
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Reading: How paperbacks transformed the way Americans read
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Discuss the readings
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Contribute your own app reviews
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Elements of an app review
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Section 3: Nonfiction, reference, and fiction
How to optimize video viewing
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07:50
London: a City Through Time ($13.99, iPad) - get the app
(7:51, pt 1)
08:41
London: a City Through Time ($13.99, iPad) - get the app
(8:42, pt 2)
06:44
Brain & Nervous System Pro III ($19.99, iPad) - get the app
(6:45)
13:12
Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model ($.99, universal) - get the app (13:13)
06:08
LIFE Digital Photo Guide by Joe McNally ($14.99 ipad) - get the app
(6:09)
11:31
Vegetarian How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman ($9.99, universal) - get the app (11:32)
07:17
Frankenstein for iPad and iPhone ($4.99, universal) - get the app (7:18)
07:17
Selected Works of T.S. Spivet ($11.99) - get the app (7:18)
09:25
The Survivors (a young adult novel) ($12.99, universal) - get the app (9:26)
Reading: Why Should Books Still Be Books When They're on Tablets?
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Reading: The year the book became a luxury object
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Reading: What Readers Need vs. What Devices Can Do
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Reading: iPads In Health And Medicine: More Than An Information Revolution?
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Reading: 10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education
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Discuss the readings
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Contribute your own app reviews
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Section 4: Children's books and graphic novels
07:29
PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit ($4.99, universal) - get the app
05:57
This video was made for my Apps for Librarians course, so I talk about the concept of "books as apps" at the beginning (until 1:13). Feel free to ignore that part and enjoy the rest!
Alice for iPad ($8.99, universal) and Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross ($6.99, iPad only) - get the Alice appget the Pedlar Lady app
14:23
Bobo Explores Light ($4.99, iPad only) - get the app
06:26
Wild About Books ($4.99, iPad only) - get the app
10:37
07:13
Age of Bronze "Seen" ($.99, for iPad) - get the app
05:04
Meanwhile for iOS ($4.99, universal) - get the app
08:52
Madefire (free, universal) - get the app
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Learn about a beautifully designed comic book app.

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Children at Northwood Primary School discuss the pros and cons of reading stories on electronic devices and paper books.

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Has our technology — our cell phones and iPods and cameras — stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

Reading: What makes a good picture book app?
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Reading: The Renaissance of the interactive book
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Reading: What is the future of storytelling?
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Reading: What today's digital native children can teach the rest of us about technology
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Reading: Art Spiegelman on the future of the book
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Reading: Interview - creating CIA: Operation AJAX
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Reading: The E-Book's the Thing
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Discuss the readings
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Contribute your own app reviews
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Section 5: Innovation and the user experience of reading
05:35
Citia: What Technology Wants ($9.99, for iPad) - get the app
14:43
The Atavist (free, universal) - get the app and TED Books (free, universal) - get the app
04:38
Paperless, by David Sparks (available in iBooks, made with iBooks Author) ($9.99, for iPad) - get the book in iBooks
Made with iBooks Author - What's in the video
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14:37
Books made with iBooks Author.

    Books shown in the video: (all are free)
    Create your first interactive book using iBooks Author
    Earthquake
    NYPL Point: John Cage's Prepared Piano 
    Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book


Textbooks: Inkling
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Reading: App, meet book
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Reading: Designing books in the digital age
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Reading: What will become of the paper book?
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Reading: Short-form publishing - a new content category
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Reading: You are not in the book business, you are in the long-form content bus
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Reading: 'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution
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Reading: Father and daughter work together to publish an ebook on iTunes
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Reading: Re-Enabled iOS’s impact on those with impairments isn’t just a marketing slide; it’s profound.
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Discuss the readings
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Contribute your own app reviews
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Section 6: Resources
Resouce Guide - book apps, publishers to watch
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Supplemental readings
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Credits & acknowledgements
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Give me your feedback!
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Instructor Biography

Nicole Hennig, User Experience Professional

Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of two books, Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage.

She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.

Experience

She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. She has designed and conducted user experience research, usability tests, websites, web applications, and online instruction.

Awards

She has won several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively.

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