New, new new. Go, go go. It’s now several weeks into my new part-time job producing ebooks and I’m loving it. I’m enjoying my work/life balance more than ever- spending time at the local kindergarten with my youngest, taking what-feels-like-luxurious walks around the block with the boys in the afternoon – and fascinated with all aspects of my job. Then there was the recent successful launch of our new Digital Photography School ebook written by Neil Creek, “Photo Nuts & Shots“, which I was really proud to be part of.
It really does feel like a brand new year, and by coincidence I stumbled across 3 things today about new things, and how people have turned them inside out, or upside-down, or generally just looked at new things to do with these….well, new things, which caught my interest.
Three ways to turn new packages inside out. Looking at things anew.
(image by hlkljgk)
1. Resisting old jackets for new publishing mediums – why ebooks for kids should be more interactive.
“the new wave of digital publishers who can break out of the idea that the story is owned by the author, and realize that the story and how it is told and what is of interest actually belongs to the child, will produce eBook apps that better fit with the 21st century. They’ll produce eBooks that don’t always have a start or end page, but which take children on a journey through the knowledge- and image- and video-rich world of resources and stories that are out there.
Those publishers will create hypertextual eBooks that tap into children’s imagination and their desire to explore and play (Peapod Labs have begun to develop apps in this vein). They will make room for children to develop skills in media literacy, understand networks and how to organize information and create their own new stories out of the things that they know and the world that they inhabit.
2. What adults can learn from teens about freedom online – and why I don’t mind if you change your avatar (and often.)
From Martin Jorgensen ” Many adults that have a presence online, write with a slightly more polished version of themselves in these <online> spaces. We don’t have the same degree of self discovery as we grow older, but we do reinvent ourselves in the online spaces we inhabit to some degree. We find an avatar that presents just the right image, write a profile that impresses in just the right way. We have perhaps, a greater sense of awareness of directing the movies of our lives online.
The difference is, that we are far more protective of these online identities in general, more precious than teens. This is a shame, and I think we could learn from them, that the beauty of creating ourselves online is the freedom to explore and experiment.”
3. Please sell my book for free! Neil Gaiman on how piracy helped to promote sales of his books.
Oh…and upcoming local events of interest
New Boundaries for Online Community facilitation – Nancy White workshops in Sydney and Melbourne http://innotecture.com.au/nancy-white/
and New Mediums for New Audiences at the Connecting Up Conference for nonprofits http://www.connectingup.org/conference
Have fun looking at new things with new eyes this week!