For anyone following the progress of this project, we are back on track. After directing two shows I was not supposed to handle and weathering a budget crises that could have decimated my department, all my attention is being focused on completing the textbook. Authors are beginning to turn in chapters and the arduous process of securing rights to photos is beginning. Is anyone connected to a theatre company that has interesting shots and would be willing to share them? I lost my assistant so maybe its time for a little crowd sourcing. I don’t begrudge photographers a living but a lot of the best shots I’ve seen have come with big price tags and it’s going to take a lot of images to make this project visually interesting.
I’m getting ahead of myself but I attended an Apple presentation about their ibooks Author ebook creation software. It looks very promising. Interesting features include:
- Embedding – movies, picture slideshows, and with installable widgets, youtube and vimeo videos, google maps, and timelines
- Emailing notes to yourself is possible
- Built-in dictionary
- A lockout feature so that only the textbook could be accessed in class
There are no plans for a PC version of the software. When the book is done, should I look into creating a version for ipad/iphone?