Months after ONA, but our conversation fits with the topic. I’m now at Banff Centre’s In(ter)ventions residency – my colleagues Roewan, Lisa, Steve and I were trading links and ideas for a little while this a.m. Here are some notes:
-ebooks are in their infancy; most interesting interactive book apps tend to be children’s books
– Examples of really (and interestingly) ‘interactive’ e-books tend to be fairly limited, even from big publishers: see Atlantic by Simon Winchester – maps are too low-res to zoom in on; videos are more press kit than added-value (also note Steve – the other book of his that we were talking about was The Professor and the Madman). Many examples of e-books made from old (fewer copyright probs) books – Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland. To find ‘enhanced’ ebooks, use the term in Amazon search.
– mainstream and semi-experimental book apps: Our Choice/Al Gore (for more about this see YouTube for Mike Matas @ TedX) ; iFpoems (UK poets – features reading, read-your-own, forward favourites, etc) ; other? Please pass along suggestions in the comments or by email!
-Check out these links: pagetoscreen.net ; ebook architects; between page and screen – an AR book of poems.
Roderick Coover – among other works, Unknown Territories (and not, as my scrawled notes say, unrecognized landscapes :Z)
The National Film Board of Canada is doing a lot with digital docs: wander about at http://www.nfb.ca/interactive/
-Question: if it’s really cool but difficult to navigate…does it work? Maybe people are just learning how…time of transition (see medieval tech support below)
–Growing use of virtual reality in mainstream: Robert Downey cover and article in Esquire; current House Beautiful uses digital watermarks. In this case, made by Digimarc – see article in the New York Times. Digital watermarks are likely the Next Big Thing after things like QR codes. but for now…
-QR codes are v easy to make in your text doc – search “QR code generator” and download a scanner app.
–Omeka – a way to manage large amounts of virtual material – possible to create online exhibits…
– Look into work of Caitlin Fischer (sp?): CRC (Canada Research Chair) at York Univ. in Toronto. She’s @ the Future Cinema lab and Augmented Reality lab.
Please let me know what I missed… and add what we didn’t talk about.