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2012 Fall: Ashland; 2012 Spring: Medford; 2011 Fall: Ashland; 2011 Fall: AshMUG
- Sessions: 5
- Course URL: http://communicrossings.com/olli-course-e-books
- Are you curious about electronic books (e-books): what they are, how they work, when they arose and why you should care? We will learn about E-book history and formats and how to assess current eInk and tablet devices, such as Kindle, Nook and iPad -- and demonstrate eReader apps. We will explore self-publishing trends, tools and resources for authors. Depending on class interest, we will discuss impacts of E-books on readers, authors, publishers, newspapers, bookstores, libraries, schools and society. More about course topics and style below.
About the Instructor
- Steve Weyer has taught Be Safer on the Internet, Crosswords (Intro and Practicum), E-books, and Internet History and Issues at OLLI since 2010. Steve has 45+ years experience with computer software, including research and development on programming languages, learning environments, electronic books, and artificial intelligence at Stanford, Xerox PARC, Atari, HP Labs and Apple. He has developed and distributed a web browser ("Newt’s Cape"), a crossword application ("CrozzWord") and other applications for early mobile devices and smartphones. He has also created crossword puzzles and web sites. Steve has a BS in Math (Univ. of Wash.), and an MS in Statistics and PhD in Education (Stanford); his publications.
- Steve has been fascinated by "hypertext/media" and electronic books for several decades. His 1981 PhD dissertation ("Searching for Information in a Dynamic Book") evaluated the use of an electronic history book by 5th grade students; he subsequently researched interactive encyclopedias. In 1995, he developed and distributed a hybrid book reader / web browser -- Newt's Cape -- for the Newton MessagePad. Now, he enjoys multiple reading options on his Apple iPad.
- After moving to Ashland in 2006 (after several visits in the mid-70s), Steve has been enjoying non-technical activities such as hiking, biking, reading (esp. Sci-Fi), theater, improv comedy, and volunteering at Ashland CERT, OLLI at SOU and OSF.
- Steve Weyer: Confessions of a technology addict Ashland Daily Tidings; Aug 29, 2012
- Session 1. Introduction: Syllabus and Course Materials (below)
- Why E-books?
- General Trends
- eReaders and Tablets: Introduction
- Features, Formats, Comparisons
- Session 2. eReaders and Tablets: Google, iPad, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Overdrive, Other
- Session 3. Publishing Business; ...
- Session 4. Authors: Writing, Self-Publishing, Selling
- Other Issues [Part 1]: Bookstores; Libraries; ...
- Session 5. Issues [Part 2]: ...; Learning, Textbooks, Children, Reference; Fiction, Literature, Book Clubs; Newspapers, Magazines