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Archive for January, 2011

E-book publishing trends: Interactivity, vetting, and more

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 24th, 2011

While I just discussed that there does not need to be a winner in the e-books vs. print books battle, there is however a battle plan, or at least predicted trends for e-books. Philip Ruppel, the president of publishing company McGraw-Hill Professional, presents his thoughts on the “5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future […]

The Battle Between Books and E-Books: Winner be both?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 22nd, 2011

The death of print books has been predicted for at least 20 years. In my classes where we discuss writing and technology a hot debate, and hot since I was taking these classes in the late 90s, is whether digital technology will be the end of print books, as discussed for instance by Coover in […]

Comic Sans Speaks Out!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 20th, 2011

Comic Sans has a bad reputation in the typography community. By bad reputation I do not mean the black-leather-jacket-sunglasses-and-motorcycles bad reputation. I mean: Comic Sans is the typeface everyone loves to hate. I’ve pointed out some few the issues with a previous post about Comic Sans. As someone who teaches typography and has something of […]

Podcasting in the Music Classroom?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 18th, 2011

I’ve done a fair amount of research on podcasting in the writing classroom (I have a forthcoming article in Kairos about it, for instance). Through empirical research, student comments and feedback, and my own observations, there is a lot of value to incorporating podcasting into the writing classroom (see this PodPoster I did, for instance). […]

Specialization and the whole

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 16th, 2011

In academia in particular, but in many other areas, we have to specialize. Many academics know a huge amount of information on a very specialized subject. Few of us have a broad understanding of our field as a whole, let alone a more broad understanding of related areas and even our specialization in other areas. […]

Tracking your 15 minutes of fame: How info is shared online

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 14th, 2011

Do you ever wonder why some blog posts are so popular and others get no notice? Researchers Leskovec and Yang have wondered this and did something about it by analyzing patterns in how news stories are shared online. Their findings can help predict the rise and fall of popularity of news stories and the sharing […]