Publishing 3.0 – H5N1 novel model for independent educational publishing

My New Years resolution this yr was to start operate on a serial of ebooks for iPads, e-readers too other digital devices. This has been my ambition since I published my inaugural off mass Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers dorsum inwards 2009, but I’ve never felt that the time, the technology or the marketplace was at the correct place.

Significant changes over the final brace of years though direct maintain led me to believe that straightaway is the fourth dimension to expect at a novel model of ELT publishing, at to the lowest degree for the realm of instructor evolution books.

The changes I cite inwards a higher house include

  • A proliferation of increasingly depression terms e-reading devices too tablets.
  • The evolution of powerful costless software too applications such every bit iBooks Author for the evolution of media rich ebooks.
  • The combination of these applications amongst secure too reliable marketing platforms, such every bit Lulu too iBookStore.
  • The evolution of crowd-funding platforms such every bit KickStarter too Indigogo.

I believe that the combination of these developments is straightaway enabling private teachers to write prepare too launch their ain products to the marketplace on a commercially competitive soil amongst established publishers.

So why is this a skillful thing?
Well anyone who has e’er approached a publisher amongst an persuasion for a mass volition know how hard it tin flame live on to acquire it accepted. The established publishers are, past times necessity, cautious close taking on new, innovative or risky projects. Producing too distributing paper-based books is a hugely expensive attempt out too inwards the example of instructor evolution books, the returns are probable to live on pocket-sized for both the publisher too the writer.

The changes I cite above, however, direct maintain the potential to liberate writers from the established publishing procedure too laissez passer on them the liberty to prepare their ain projects too products independently.

  • The proliferation of depression terms mobile devices such every bit e-readers, tablets too iPads provides a genuinely useful too accessible medium on which to issue instructor evolution materials. Instead of having your books at domicile on the bookshelf you lot tin flame straightaway acquit them to a greater extent than or less amongst you lot on your device thence they are on mitt at the minute of need.
  • These devices too the applications used to prepare content for them are capable of providing a media rich sense amongst color interactive images, audio, video too a hit of interactive learning apps, none of which is possible inwards a traditional paper-based book.
  • The combination of these applications amongst established secure marketing platforms agency that writers amongst the commitment to encounter their projects through to completion tin flame easily marketplace them internationally too genuinely acquire a reasonable fiscal render on the operate they seat in.
  • Crowd-funding platforms similar KickStarter too Indigogo enable writers to heighten the funds they require to prepare skillful character professional person products that the marketplace wants.

I’ve seat the crowd-funding platform at the cease of my list, but genuinely it should live on at the beginning, because crowd-funding doesn’t simply render the coin to launch the product, it also acts every bit a marketplace inquiry tool to encounter if in that location genuinely is a marketplace for the product. If the people for whom the production is intended aren’t willing to invest inwards it to acquire it created, too thence it’s probable that in that location isn’t genuinely a feasible marketplace for this product.

So this brings me dorsum to where I started amongst my New Years resolution. I direct maintain launched my ain crowd-funding projection to attempt out to exercise the inaugural off inwards a serial of ebooks inwards a serial that I intend to telephone band The Digital Classroom. The inaugural off of these volition focus on the role of online video every bit a tool for learning.

You tin flame honour out to a greater extent than close this projection past times next this link Digital Classrooms – Online Video or watching the video below.

If you lot recall this is a production you lot would live on interested inwards having them delight exercise back upwards it purchase either buying too advance re-create of the mass or past times sharing the link amongst others you lot recall may live on interested.

You tin flame also acquire an persuasion of the form of content the mass volition comprehend too fifty-fifty contribute your ideas for what the mass should contain, using the crowd-sourcing questionnaire below. Just add together your ideas too vote for the things you lot would most similar included inwards the book. That way you lot tin flame ensure that I make the mass that you lot require to help back upwards too prepare your teaching.


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I promise you lot honour the projection interesting too that this postal service gets you lot started thinking close how you lot tin flame make your ain mass too.

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