E-book Enlightenment (2010)
Working with eBooks / eBooks 101
Mentors: R. Scotty Auble, Rebecca Hargrave Malamud, Levi Thompson.
The Rural Design Collective worked with author James Simmons to create an eBook on how to make eBooks. James Simmons is a developer who has created notable Activities for the One Laptop Per Child XO that focus on using the little green machine as a learning tool. We collaborated on the book at FLOSS Manuals, a site that makes it very easy for anyone to author their own book (with a specific focus on software manuals) and convert it into an eBook. This effort brought a wealth of information together to help everyone – especially teachers in the classroom.
Our project team created two versions of “Ebook Enlightenment” using FLOSS Manuals and PrinceXML to create a highly navigable PDF version and a designer print edition for our generous backers on Kickstarter. Both are available for download here:
We documented our research during the mentoring season, and have archived it here for posterity. Enjoy!
Page Elements – Christopher
HTML Elements – Christopher
Publishing Templates – rdcHQ
Book Design Files – rdcHQ
Latest Book Epub – 07.29.10
Current Color Palette – Oceana
Hex Colors -
#000000 (black), #B3FF80 (green), #FF6600 (orange), #FFCCAA (peach), #FF2A2A (red).
Project Resources – rdcHQ
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Page Thumbnails – Christopher (currently working on ePub conversion from SIGIL or Booki to PDF)