This course builds on other publishing courses you have taken in the sequence including Intro to Publishing (254, which isn’t listed as a pre-requisite for this class, but should be) and electives such as Visual Rhetoric (350), Hypertext (351), Technical Editing (353), Forensic Bibliography & Textual Editing (355), and others. We will expand the knowledge gained particularly in English 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing (editorial, production, printing, and marketing, as used in literary, print-based publications) and apply those concepts to digital publishing processes and venues across a range of genres. Our particular focus this semester will be scholarly publications as a complement to literary processes that you’ve previously studied, with an emphasis on how scholarly (and literary) publications have been transformed (or could be transformed) because of changes in digital publishing technologies and concepts. We will discuss topics relevant to the distribution of digital publications such as

  • the so-called print/digital divide
  • the economics of open- and closed-access publishing,
  • aesthetics and kairos of delivery,
  • the sustainability(?) and usefulness of multimedia content,
  • digital copyright, metadata and editorial/archival responsibility in the age of corruptible data and search engines,
  • writing and editing for the database,
  • editing and publishing at a distance,
  • social networking as a marketing tool,
  • and the changing technical job descriptions of 21st-century publications editors.


MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS (see the Policies page for information on grading)

Presentations: During the latter half of the semester, students will present on a topic of their choosing (probably in groups of two) from the following list:

  • GoogleBooks
  • Print on Demand
  • E-readers
  • Text-Encoding Initiative
  • Scholarly repositories
  • (Digital or POD) Vanity Presses
  • Electronic Literature
  • University presses and open-access
  • Hybrid Journals (Print & Online)
  • Born-Digital Journals
  • Print journals that migrate online
  • Txt-msg and Twitter novels

Project: The entire class will work on two three two collaborative digital publishing projects, to be announced in class and with further details posted to the class blog. I added a project that reviews and extends editorial and publishing processes you may have learned in 254. I reserve the right to change out the projects for equivalent (or better) ones, as different opportunities arise.

This class is computer-assisted, and students are expected to have a basic familiarity with word- and print-based computing technologies. Due to the ratio of students to computers, we will either work in groups and/or you will be encouraged to bring your own laptop, if you have one. If we use any specialized software, they will be open-source or will be made available on the lab machines. We’re experimenting by holding this course in this beautiful lab, and so I will need you to be slightly flexible about the technology arrangement, and I promise to be flexible as well.

Any student needing to arrange a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability should contact Disability Concerns by the end of the first week of class at 350 Fell Hall, 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TTY).

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