HW due April 14


  1. Decide whether you’re going to do us the Word > ebook or InDesign > ebook process, and, following the instructions in Straight to ePub for your chosen process, start tagging/formatting your book text and images for conversion into an ebook.
  2. Send me 1-3 questions you have about the process or issues you ran into by Wednesday at 5pm.
  3. Go online and find a book cover that you think is successful. Write a short paragraph about why you think it’s successful (especially for an ebook). Email to me by Wednesday at 5pm and be prepared to discuss in class.


HW Due March 17: Midterm


The course midterm exam will take place on March 17th, next class.

The midterm for this course will be broken up into two sections:
1) The project proposal, which you will write at home, print out, and bring to class
2) The in-class midterm, which will be a written exam

In-Class Midterm Exam (50% of midterm grade):
1. Basic HTML (CSS will not be on the midterm)
2. Understanding the differences in ebooks and printed books:
a. how they are made
b. how they are read
c. how they are distributed
d. the difference between apps and ebooks

Final Project Proposal (50% of midterm grade):
Each student will have to create an ebook as their final project in the Digital Publishing course. This project proposal is the first step in the project. In it you will map out your goals for the project as if it were a real book going to be published.

All ebooks MUST:
1) Have a functional, linked, Table of Contents
2) Use at least one hyperlink
3) Have chapter, poem, or story headings
4) Be at least 10 “pages” long
5) Use at least one image (this can be a small logo or a full-page image)
6) Have a cover

The proposal should be 3 paragraphs long, with paragraphs laid out like so:
1) The first paragraph should describe the content of the book (much like a book description on a sales page: what it is about, who the text is by, etc.)

2) The second paragraph should describe the functionality of the book: will it have links (if so, to what)? Images? Other features?

3) The third paragraph should describe the books target audience and how you would market and distribute the book to them if it were to be published (e.g., which distribution platform you would use, how you might use social media to promote, the sale price, etc.). NOTE: This should be SPECIFIC. It is not enough to say, “I would use social media to promote this book.” Instead, describe how exactly you would use social media to promote it (for instance, if it’s a book about breast cancer, you might look for cancer survivor groups online; if it’s a children’s books you might set up a story hour at a local library).

HW DUE March 3, 2016


  • Complete all HTML structure modules on codecademy: http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/web
  • Find three ebooks with interesting elements. For each example, list: a link to the sample, title, author, publisher, date of publication, platform where you read the book, and how you found it. Describe what is uniquely interesting about each. Due Wednesday by 5pm.  (NOTE: You do not have to buy these books. You can search via google to find interesting ebooks and preview them via online bookstores and even, perhaps,  articles written about them.)

IN ADDITION: Starting next week, each class 2-3 students will present a news item regarding digital publishing to the class. Please email me the news item by noon on Thursday of class. Schedule below and here.

MARCH 3: Rebecca Bergman, Yilla Chin
MARCH 10: Marcus Clinton, Brandon Danowsky
MARCH 17: Ledia Duro, Franchesca Frias
MARCH 24: Enyyella Gutierrez, Nuzhat Hossain, Bethany Smith
APRIL 7: Suela Kolpepaj, Brianna Madrigal, Julio Marquez,
APRIL 14: Christina Morse, Noelle Nogales, Erica Zayas
APRIL 21: Naomi Parker, Ramze Pilar
MAY 12: Antoinette Pryor, Elizabeth Serrano

CLASS NOTES: Bethany was kind enough to type up class notes from 2/25, and they may be found here: Class Notes



HW DUE FEB 25, 2016


  1. Reading: Castro, Epub Straight to the Point (Introduction and Using Word to write EPUB). There is a copy in the NYPL for those who do not want to purchase. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding or purchasing.
  2. Assignment 1: Complete Introduction to HTML modules on codeacademy: http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/web. You will need to sign up to access but the service is free.

HW DUE FEB 18, 2016


  1. Reading: Bhaskar, The Content Machine, introduction, chapters 1 and 2
    (The e-book may be purchased on Amazon. Feel free to share copies.)
  2. Assignment: Outline the ebook publishing process, from book acquisition to distribution to a customer (as a bulleted or numbered list). Is there anything you would change? (short paragraph) IMPORTANT: Please email assignment to me by noon on Thursday 2/18.

HW DUE FEB 11, 2016


  1. Reading: McGann, Radiant Textuality, attached chapter: RadiantTextuality_DEPCCNY
  2. Assignment: You are a literary scholar tasked with determining the author of a famous, anonymously authored novel. How would you have approached this challenge before the availability of digital tools and corpus analysis? How would you approach it today? What are the merits and what are the disadvantages of computer‐aided literary study? Be prepared to discuss in class.