Which group of people will it be aimed at?
People that are interested in cultural history, People that like reading about the history of their community. I expect people aged 16-30 to be the main readers. I would also expect that it will mostly be used by researchers and students. It will also be aimed at people that know how to use the technology required to use it e.g. an eBook, tablet, computer etc.
How will they use the product?
The product will be in the form of an eBook, so they will need a device capable of viewing it. They will use the products to understand and get knowledge on the history of Carnegie College, Dunfermline and Andrew Carnegie. The information may be used by students for work proposes. It may also be used for general interest in the topics.
When, where, how often and for how long are are they likely to use it?
I would expect people to read it as soon as it is available. Schools and other colleges should have access to the product along with the other members of the community. It should be read enough for people to know and share the content so it is not forgotten.
What technologies are involved – at a general level.
The eBook will be used on eBook (kindle), tablets, phones, computers etc. A computer with internet connection will be needed to downloaded the e-Book off the internet and then to sync it with the device that they are using. It may also be available to download directly to the device.
How would you define an eBook?
It is device that can access a massive collection of electronic books. They can easily be downloaded and saved to be read whenever you want in a number formats on a number of devices. This is an alternative to owning the physical copy of a book. They can also contain different types of media related to the book e.g. audio, videos, pictures etc.
How do you read it?
The books can be downloaded directly on to a number of devices from a number of different providers. They can be downloaded from the Android store, iBooks, Amazon etc. They me be downloaded and synced to a device using a computer. Once it is saved to the device and the device has power it can be viewed wherever and whenever you want. Since the books are typed or scanned by computer they can easily be edited and translated so that more people have access to them.
What different formats are there?
There are many different formats that eBooks can be written in. They all have different special features that can be useful for different things. DNL is the most recognisable eBook format. Plain text format is also used a lot because they take up very little space but they can only be used for text only books. Image formats can be used to display pictures within the book. The file sizes of this format are significantly larger the text also can’t be selected for amendments and only certain devices can support the applications required. HTML is the most accessible as most browsers support it. Media can also be supported. The downside is that the code is the most complex. Open Electronic Book Packages known as OPFs are the best for multimedia. It has a java script format which is compatible with PDA’s and Smartphone’s, and any Windows, Blackberry, Android operating systems. And finally, another common format is the Portable Document Format (PDF). This supports most media content but it doesn’t rescale for some screen sizes which means you have to scroll horizontally as well as vertically.
How do you create one?
I will be using Sigil to create my eBook.
Sigil is an open-source editor for EPUB e-books developed by Strahinja Marković in 2009 and maintained by John Schember since 2011. As a cross-platform application, it is distributed for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms under the GNU GPL license. Sigil supports both WYSIWYG and code-based editing of EPUB files, as well as the import of HTML and plain text files.
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