Week 2: Official VS Unofficial publishing

This week we’re comparing the different modes of publishing, and it appears that there are two major types of publishing. No. I’m not talking about the different mediums in which the publishing can occur through. I’m talking about the whether the author/s got paid recognition or not. Paid publishing appears to have many limitations and conditions for the author and another impression that I’ve got from the readings, is that publishers are requesting the authors to self-promote the book before the book gets published. Contrastingly, unpaid publishing, like twitter or online projects such as Learning to love you more publishing process is more relaxed and publishing-friendly. Users simply have to create an account, and publish their own work. (YES! 140 characters can be considered a published work as well). I also realized another different between paid and unpaid publishing. One you have to promote your work to the publishers, while the other is to promote their own work to the end-users. Can you guess which is which? I personally think if you said unpaid publishing is promoting their own work to the end-users, then you are right.

Let’s have a look at what the readings tell us:

On the Pac Macmillian publishing page, there is a list of things to do before the publisher begins to read and consider if your work should be published. It included, writing a CV, a few chapters, detailed outline and even potential market! Yes! All that work before your work even got considered!!However on the bright side… you will get 30% of the total profit (minimum by law). What do you think? Would that 30% be worth your time? Prehaps it would be if you were J.K. Rowling and sold over 11 million copies of a book in a day… However this takes heaps of time and a lot of gambling, but the effort might not pay off, as your work might not get published.

On the other end of the spectrum is the non-paid publishing. There were two examples, Twitter and Learning to love you more. I was more interest in “Learning to love you more.” The site itself was based in America, and was created by two authors. The two authors presented a question or topic to their webpage users… and during the week, the users will try to create and submit their work to the website. Recently all the work that has been published has been sold to the museums around the United States. I had a look within the site and was instantly inspired to create my own piece of artwork. I’m tempted to do project #63. I’ll create it, and publish it on this blog before week 5.

As you can see, paid and unpaid publishing will influence the creator on how much time and effort they will spend on their work.

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Advantages and disadvantages of Archieves~

This week, I had a read on “Reading Notes: Achieve Fever” had a look at a few of the suggested videos such as “tour on Omeka,” and visited a few of the recommended site such as myschool and some CMS.

Wow~ This article totally changed my mind on what information I enter into the CMS. CMS are basically online archives sites, which prompt the users to enter information about ANYTHING!!! The information is then sorted under folders, topics and so on. That isn’t why I’m surprised. I’m surprised because as the author reminded us the potential power of online achieves have over us.

Think for a second, what sort of information you might have on some of the CMS. Let’s take E-bay for example… they have your full name, your date of birth, your contact details, your e-mail account, your B-pay account so also your credit card details. Think for a second the potential power it has… imagine the owners decided to sell it to companies, revealing your identity!!

To say this won’t ever happen is ridiculous… because there are so many cases where company sell of details for market research to obtain some funds. This is exactly what happened to a company called OCTUPUS. It’s an electronic debit swipe-as-you-go card. It records the transaction of the transport you took, the products you buy it, the food you ate, and of course the service you asked for. That information would be quite expensive!!! That’s one disadvantage of CMS and achieves… or rather I should rephrase it to, the disadvantages of CMS is when they’re being misused.

Then I guess, the next logical question would be, “Are there any advantages?” This can be answered by looking at the CMS sites themselves. They provide knowledge and meaningful insights to questions and queries that we might have. Take the site, “myschool” for example… you only have to type in the school that you/your child is going, and it’ll give you a list of things that you never knew about the school.

For example, I went to Killara High School. I typed in the name, and it listed out some information, including funding from government, how many staff it has, how many male students, how many female students, and the academic outcome of the school … In short all sort of information that a parent might need before making a decision on which school to send their kids to.

SO yea, there are advantages to archives and CMS~ It acts as an informant, explaining about a certain topic. There are also disadvantages to archives as information might be misused. I guess it all comes down to the word, “TRUST.” Do you trust that the people managing the archives will use the resource properly? I do… Do you?

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Reflection on Week 1 Lec/2tut Readings

So the other day, my parents asked my opinion and want to know if they should buy an E-book for my brother or not. It so happen that I was reading the Arts 2090 pages, and coincidently, it happens to be about e-books. My parents’ main goal is to find something that encourages my brother to read, but at the same time it doesn’t encourage him to play games on it. However there’s a problem… anything interactive to my parents is “gaming.” Yea~ that’s not going to end well….

In the, “Talk of the nation”, Neary mentioned that even the E-books nowadays are already in second edition. The second edition of the E-book is extremely interactive, as Naughton used Eagleman’s book as example in his article. The video is this one:

I find it pretty funny that the video shows, Eagleman’s “Why the Net matters,” is no longer a book, but has been officially called an “app.” It’s not even called an e-book. It’s just an app. As Naughton put heavy emphasis that the new edition of the e-books’ comparative advantage is its interactivity. The “apps” interactivity could be seen in the video, as Eagleman showed how the digitized support material (such as photo and interactive video).

 At this point, I want to ask the question… Is the text itself interactive or is the background itself interactive? For me, the text itself isn’t really interactive… it’s the background… and personally… I think it might cause more distraction to the reader. It is impossible to deny the attention grabbing background. For me, Is the constant bombardment of flashing videos/ rotating pictures really necessary? Does it really help the reader?

Imagine Harry Potter, keep casting the same spell in the background, or an expanded version of Edward from Twilight… or perhaps a car chase scene from James bond while trying to read a novel… It will be really distracting… and from my parent’s point of view, it will be considered as “playing,” and NOT reading.

Thankfully, Naughton also mentioned that there is an earlier less interactive edition of the e-book, which involves literally digitalizing print text. That’s right. No flying broomsticks, no 3D drawing while reading. Just a plain digitalized version of the text.

I seriously wonder how effective is a digitalized version of a text is… As Wortham said, Yes, we don’t need to carry a physical book everywhere we go… however sometimes books are smaller, and lighter than the E-book itself. (I mean… no one told you to bring a Macquarie dictionary to the beach for “light” reading!!!)But I guess it’s better to carry one e-book than 2-3 books onto the plane.

However there are a few disadvantages that I’m surprised the authors didn’t mention… and one of them is battery life. Most of the e-books claim they have 10+ hours of battery life… but it heavily depends on the fact that everything you are doing is set on minimum power draining system. Assuming the ebook can really last for 10 hours, it would be equivalent to reading a thick novel for me. So… if I were to slowly read a long novel, the battery would run out before I can finish a book.

Another problem with the E-book is the digitizing part. No… not the copyright problem as discussed by Naughton, but how many words can be translated perfectly. I did a course last year, and they tried digitizing a photocopied version of a book… it was horrible. Some pages got cut off, some pages got smudges all over it…. Making the reading experience horrible.

 The E-books have its advantages and disadvantages. My stance right now is that E-books are revolutionizing the definition of printing, and it is changing the world of publishing (words alone are no longer enough… people would demand more than plain text. However, I believe E-books haven’t revolutionized enough for me to spend time convincing my parents to buy one for my brother.

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