Introduction (August 23)

Introduction to Digital Publishing

class intro:

  • syllabus overview
  • schedule
  • blogging
  • class Slack channel 
  • projects:
    1. mini-essay on future of the digital book
    2. formatting public domain text
    3. multimodal publishing project 
    4. class publication(s)


blogging set-up:

Login and make a blog post: introduce yourself and describe the area of digital publishing that interests you most.

I will provide blogging prompts and/or exercises to help you think critically and creatively about the themes each week. Blog posts should be approximately 250-500 words , demonstrate a solid understanding of the readings/screenings and the ongoing themes in the course, be crafted as mini-essays with proper grammar and spelling and include relevant links, media inserts, “featured image” and metadata (tagging, categories).

As upper-level university students at a Tier 1 research institution, your writing proficiency should reflect that status. We will discuss what makes good blog writing throughout the course.

-posts are a proper and timely response to the week’s reading(s) and prompt
-posts are developed arguments with (if required) supporting evidence (quotes, embedded videos, images etc.)
-posts are around 250-500 words
-posts are formatted with a featured image,  blockquotes, external links (where appropriate), categories, tags
-you make 5-10 comments on classmates’ (in your group) blog posts (during the semester)

B:  significantly deficient in any one of the above areas

C:  significantly deficient in any two of the above areas

D-F:  significantly deficient in all 3 of the above areas



  • digital publishing as ongoing crisis/upcoming opportunity
  • formats: web, epub, kindle, pdf, pod, aax
  • publishing workflows


Digital publishing overview:

To Do:

Brainstorm final class project

The future of the book and publishing – discussion

Publishing in the Metaverse / VR, NFTs, etc.

Publica – books on the blockchain

NFT books 

AI and Book Publishing

GPT-3 ai assisted writing

A new Dr. Seuss book written by A.I. Starring Ron Grigsby. Using OpenAI’s new GPT-3 we inputted “Here is a transcript of the new Dr. Seuss book:” and the A.I. generated the title and all of the words.

Discussion: The Future of the Digital Book in the metaverse, with AI as a tool for creation, production and distribution…

Project 1:

“The Future of the Book” Mini-Essay: 10%

DUE September 13th

  • blog post
  • minimum 1500 words
  • maximum 3000 words
  • include images in the essay

Drawing on the readings about the book’s evolution (from cuneiform to touch-screen tablet) and with your current way of making/reading/watching/playing digital technology, what do you imagine a “digital” book will be in 20-30 years? This question requires you to look toward what you want from immersive experiences for learning, playing and imagining.

This is to be a speculative, maybe even fictional, mini-essay. Write as if you are living in the future and comparing the digital book experience of that future to your experience now and to the book as non-digital material object in the distant past.

  • the mini-essay is to be at least 1500 words, and no more that 3,000 words.
  • use images, diagrams, sketches to support your idea
  • the future does not necessarily exclude the analog!
  • quote from “The Book”
  • discuss what the experience of future authors and readers will be like, but also address the technological production of books. who will publish these texts?

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