4. Like any new technology, ebooks&
textbooks CAN simply replicate the
forms of their predecessors…
But they DON'T HAVE TO.
• Part of what eBooks and Open
Textbooks can be is based on the
“affordances” offered by the
• Part of it is based on what you are used
to or wanting to do
• Part of it is meeting immediate needs
and anticipating future ones as best as
8. “Digital” Affordances
• its form is not its content
• infinite copy-ability
• infinite change-ability/versions - it does
not need to be "final" or "finished”
• iterable, forkable new versions
9. “Open” Affordances
• Serendipity as operating principle
– can't guarantee if you share openly
serendipity will happen, but CAN
guarantee if you don't share openly, it
10. Questions to help work through these
• Who are the Authors?
• Who will Read/Use the material?
• How will they Author?
• How will they Read?
• How they Interact with the material
and each other?
11. Who are the Authors?
• Single Author?
• Multiple (Known) Authors?
• Multiple Authors, some unknown
• Students as Authors / Book as Product
12. Who will Read/Use the material?
• My students?
• Any student?
• My co-instructors?
• Any instructor?
13. How will they Author?
• Written on one's own on the desktop
• Written on one's own on the network
• Written with another, but not
collaboratively (google docs, wordpress
• Written with others, colloboratively and
• Written with others, collaboratively and
synchronously (booki, etherpad)
14. How will they Read?
• Online (web browser)
• In print (themselves, or bound via
service or bookstore)
• Audiobook? Accessibility?
15. How they Interact with the material
and each other?
• On their own? / With others
• Annotatable? Annotations Shareable?
Outside of closed platform?
• Rich Media and Interactivity?
• Can they contribute? Comment?
16. Picking the solution that is right for
you means a balance between
Your current practice
and skill levels
and other technical
Needs of your primary readership,
and where possible, future ones
• On your own – Desktop approach
• On your own or with others –
• With others – Mediawiki approach
• With others (and REAL fast!) – book
18. On your own – desktop approach
Example: Industrial Organization -
• LaTeX - http://www.latex-project.org/
• Word (or better Open Office) -> HTML -
>ePub; print to PDF
• Sigil - http://code.google.com/p/sigil/
• Can still get multiple outputs but lose
affordances around versioning,
19. On your own or with others –
• Pressbooks – http://pressbooks.com
• Anthologize - http://anthologize.org/
• Produces web, PDF and ePub versions
• Comments allow for interaction w/ non-
• Easily permits multiple authors or single
20. With others – Mediawiki approach
• Collections Plugin -
• ePubExport -
• WikiEducator - http://wikieducator.org/Main_Page
• Produces web, PDF and ePub version
• Web versions imminently collaborative, both in
authoring and after the fact as teaching/learning
21. With others (and REAL fast!) – Book
• Book Sprints -
• Booki - http://www.booki.cc/
• Etherpad - http://etherpad.org/
22. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE IPAD/IBOOKS?
• Absolutely, worth looking into, but…
• To fully get the benefit, all of your
readers must be using iPads
• Apple playing fast and loose with
• Lots of Teh Shiny is stuff you couldn’t
do on your own anyways, and with
others, CAN do in more accessible ways
23. Other Stuff
• Connexions – http://cnx.org/
• ePub reader browser add-
• GrabMyBooks browser add-on
• It's all about the (work)FLOW - Open
Educator as DJ
24. The End
• BCcampus Open Textbook pilot –
• Edtechpost –
• firstname.lastname@example.org / @sleslie